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Belleek Pottery

The ethereal elegance of Belleek porcelain in its iconic pearly-white palette has been a hallmark of Irish porcelain production since the close of the 19th century. Still coveted today, Belleek pieces in perfect condition are increasingly difficult to find.

John Caldwell Bloomfield founded Belleek pottery. Named after the Northern Ireland town of its founding, Belleek began making small wares at the end of the 1850s. Early in the following decade, Belleek designers began to produce Parian porcelain, a bisque porcelain with a subtle white hue and delicate texture that was key to the refined aesthetics of Belleek’s designs. Within a few years, Belleek’s clientele worldwide skyrocketed due to their perfection of the art of porcelain. Their pieces were both delicate and dynamic, characteristics accentuated by the fine luster of the porcelain’s surface.

Though Belleek is still in production today, it is its antique and vintage pieces that are the most desired, particularly when they survive in exceptional condition.


Quick Facts

  • Bloomfield inherited the Castle Caldwell estate in 1849, which included in its holdings the hamlet of Belleek. His late discovery that the locale was rich in the minerals essential to porcelain creation spurred the facility’s location
  • The name "Belleek" is derived from the Gaelic language. It translates roughly into "Flagstone Ford"
  • England’s Queen Victoria was one of the most prominent fans of Belleek’s wares. Further advancing Belleek’s presence on the international market was their elaborate display at the 1987 Dublin Exposition

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BELLEEK PORCELAIN TEAPOT Ireland, Second Half of the 19th Century Height 6”.
Nov 05, 9:30 AM EDT
BELLEEK PORCELAIN TEAPOT Ireland, Second Half of the 19th Century Height 6”.
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $300
$1753 Bids
BELLEEK FOUR STRAND OVAL BASKET, H 3", DIA 9 3/4"
Nov 11, 11:00 AM EST
BELLEEK FOUR STRAND OVAL BASKET, H 3", DIA 9 3/4"
by DuMouchelles
Est: $50- $100
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Pink Cream,Sugar&2Green&White Soft Boiled Egg Cups
Oct 29, 12:00 PM PDT
Pink Cream,Sugar&2Green&White Soft Boiled Egg Cups
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
8 PIECES BELLEEK PORCELAIN, INC. 3RD BLACK MARK
Nov 19, 9:00 AM EST
8 PIECES BELLEEK PORCELAIN, INC. 3RD BLACK MARK
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
7 Pieces Of Vintage Belleek
Nov 07, 3:00 PM PDT
7 Pieces Of Vintage Belleek
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Est: $125- $300
$500 Bids
A Belleek, Ireland Bud Vase with Floral Detail
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Belleek, Ireland Bud Vase with Floral Detail
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
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BELLEEK MASK JUG
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BELLEEK MASK JUG
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
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BELLEEK JUG
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BELLEEK JUG
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
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BELLEEK PAROS VASE
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BELLEEK PAROS VASE
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
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BELLEEK VASE
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BELLEEK VASE
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
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BELLEEK STYLE VASE
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BELLEEK STYLE VASE
by Sheppards
Est: €30- €50
€100 Bids
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BELLEEK FIGURAL JUG
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BELLEEK FIGURAL JUG
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
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BELLEEK PORCELAIN BOWL
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BELLEEK PORCELAIN BOWL
by Sheppards
Est: €50- €80
€300 Bids
A Belleek Jesus Figurine
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Belleek Jesus Figurine
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
Lot of Two Belleek Articles
Oct 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Lot of Two Belleek Articles
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Belleek Bowl
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Belleek Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
A Belleek Heart Shape Bowl
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Belleek Heart Shape Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Two Legged Belleek Shell Dish
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Two Legged Belleek Shell Dish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Belleek Bowl
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Belleek Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Belleek Yellow Ribbon Pitcher
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Belleek Yellow Ribbon Pitcher
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
A Yellow Ribbon Belleek Bucket
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Yellow Ribbon Belleek Bucket
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Small Belleek Bowl
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Small Belleek Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
A Heart Shape Belleek Bowl
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Heart Shape Belleek Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
A Belleek Jesus Figure
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
A Belleek Jesus Figure
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids

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