Belleek Parian china

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In 1849 John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited the Castlecaldwell estate, which encompassed the village of Belleek, from his father. Mindful of the plight of his tenants in the aftermath of the potato famine he sought to provide some form of worthwhile employment. An amateur mineralogist, he ordered a geological survey of his land. To his delight it revealed the necessary raw materials to make Pottery - feldspar, kaolin, flint, clay and shale.

The village of Belleek, whose name in Gaelic, Beal Leice, translates to "Flagstone Ford" was a natural choice to locate the business especially the part of the village known as Rose Isle. This small isle provided the best opportunity to leash the yet untamed power of the River Erne - power to drive a mill wheel strong enough to grind components into Slip, the term applied to liquid potters clay.

By as early as 1865 the company had established a growing market throughout Ireland and England and was exporting pieces to the United States, Canada and Australia. Prestigious orders were being received from Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales and the nobility.

Porcelain was featured by Belleek for the first time at the Dublin Exposition of 1872. Their display was the largest in the Irish and English industrial areas. Among the pieces listed in the catalogue for the event are Parian china statues and busts, ice buckets, compotes and centerpieces.

Belleek's reputation has been built on product excellence. Back in 1857, the pottery's founder John Caldwell Bloomfield declared that any piece with even the slightest flaw should be destroyed. This golden rule is still employed.




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TRELLIS shamrocks Irish porcelainby Belleek®

TRELLIS shamrocks Irish porcelain
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TARA shamrock clover Irish porcelainby Belleek®

TARA shamrock clover Irish porcelain
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$54.00   3"x3"
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SHAMROCKS by Belleek® of Ireland

SHAMROCKS by Belleek® of Ireland

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$72.00   5"x7"
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TRELLIS shamrocks Irish porcelainby Belleek®

TRELLIS shamrocks Irish porcelain
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$72.00   5"x7"
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TARA DOUBLE shamrocks & hearts Irish porcelainby Belleek®

TARA DOUBLE shamrocks & hearts Irish porcelain
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$72.00   3"x5"
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HANGING ORNAMENT Precious Moments frame by Belleek®

HANGING ORNAMENT Precious Moments frame by Belleek®

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$29.00   2"x3"
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`Reflect`- white-on-white waves by Belleek®

`Reflect`- white-on-white waves by Belleek®

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$45.00   4"x6"
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White-on-white INSPIRED by Belleek®

White-on-white INSPIRED by Belleek®

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$48.00   4"x6"
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PRECIOUS MOMENTS by Belleek®

PRECIOUS MOMENTS by Belleek®

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$48.00   4"x6"
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BUNNY Baby Bows in Fine Irish porcelainby Belleek®

BUNNY Baby Bows in Fine Irish porcelain
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$52.00   3.50"x5"
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LIVING WILLOW by Belleek®

LIVING WILLOW by Belleek®

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$55.00   4"x6"
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CHAMPAGNE white-on-white by Belleek®

CHAMPAGNE white-on-white by Belleek®

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$60.00   5"x7"
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White-on-white INSPIRED by Belleek®

White-on-white INSPIRED by Belleek®

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$60.00   5"x7"
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CHIC white-on-white by Belleek®

CHIC white-on-white by Belleek®

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$62.00   5"x7"
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ECLIPSE by Belleek®

ECLIPSE by Belleek®

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$62.00   5"x7"
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TARA shamrock Irish porcelainby Belleek®

TARA shamrock Irish porcelain
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$70.00 Limited Time: SPECIAL PRICE !   4"x6"
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White-on-White CLADDAGH by Belleek®

White-on-White CLADDAGH by Belleek®

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$78.00   5"x7"
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TARA shamrocks & hearts Irish porcelainby Belleek®

TARA shamrocks & hearts Irish porcelain
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$110.00   8"x10"
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Perfect for Summer fashions: White-on-White INSPIRED by Belleek®

Perfect for Summer fashions: White-on-White INSPIRED by Belleek®

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$36.00   3"x3"
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