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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Belleek Ceramic Salt Cellars
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Belleek Ceramic Salt Cellars
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$237 Bids
LENOX and BELLEEK Artist Signed Hand Painted Roses Vase
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
LENOX and BELLEEK Artist Signed Hand Painted Roses Vase
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$1506 Bids
Belleek Porcelain Fish Vase
Feb 28, 5:00 PM EST
Belleek Porcelain Fish Vase
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$401 Bid
Vintage Irish Belleek Harebell Vase With Blue Bell Flowers Gold Mark
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Irish Belleek Harebell Vase With Blue Bell Flowers Gold Mark
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Belleek Signed 6.5" Floral Glen Vase Naomi Sloan 2004 Event Piece
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Belleek Signed 6.5" Floral Glen Vase Naomi Sloan 2004 Event Piece
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Blue Mark Irish Belleek "Typha Jug Spill" Shamrocks Excellent 7-3/8”
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Blue Mark Irish Belleek "Typha Jug Spill" Shamrocks Excellent 7-3/8”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Belleek Irish Porcelain Colonial Vase Pink
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Belleek Irish Porcelain Colonial Vase Pink
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Belleek Ireland Porcelain Bowl
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Belleek Ireland Porcelain Bowl
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Belleek Shamrock Vase Green Mark 1965-1980
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Belleek Shamrock Vase Green Mark 1965-1980
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Vintage Belleek Ireland Country Cottage Covered Butter Dish Third Green Mark
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Belleek Ireland Country Cottage Covered Butter Dish Third Green Mark
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
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Antique Belleek Willets Porcelain Floral Pitcher, Signed
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Antique Belleek Willets Porcelain Floral Pitcher, Signed
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$200 Bids
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Antique Belleek Willets Porcelain Blackberry Pitcher
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Antique Belleek Willets Porcelain Blackberry Pitcher
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Antique Belleek Willets Porcelain Rose Vase
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Antique Belleek Willets Porcelain Rose Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$200 Bids
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Antique American Belleek Porcelain Floral Vase, Signed
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Antique American Belleek Porcelain Floral Vase, Signed
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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American Belleek Porcelain Floral Vase, Inscribed
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
American Belleek Porcelain Floral Vase, Inscribed
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$200 Bids
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Antique American Belleek Porcelain Rose Vase
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Antique American Belleek Porcelain Rose Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Belleek Pottery Porcelain Aberdeen Pitcher
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Belleek Pottery Porcelain Aberdeen Pitcher
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Belleek Porcelain Chevron Vase
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Belleek Porcelain Chevron Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Belleek Porcelain Figurine, Minstrel with Pipes
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Belleek Porcelain Figurine, Minstrel with Pipes
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Large Group Belleek Irish Porcelain
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Large Group Belleek Irish Porcelain
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
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Willets American Belleek Porcelain Bowl
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
Willets American Belleek Porcelain Bowl
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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American Belleek Porcelain Hand Painted Poppies Vase
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
American Belleek Porcelain Hand Painted Poppies Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$200 Bids
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2pc Belleek Porcelain Wild Roses Creamer and Sugar Bowl Set
Mar 03, 2:00 PM EST
2pc Belleek Porcelain Wild Roses Creamer and Sugar Bowl Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Belleek Pottery


Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Aether Auctions

Aether Auctions

Adam's

Adam's

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery