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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Éirinn Go Brách!

In honor of St. Patrick and the great country of Ireland, I want to share my few pieces of Belleek porcelain.

It is produced in the town of Belleek, County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland. The porcelain is characterized by its thinness (almost translucent!) and slight iridescence.

Although originally producers of pottery, Belleck began producing the Parian porcelain, for which it’s still famous, in 1863.

Many of the patterns are of natural elements like this delicate little shell vase from the sea collection.

Bellek’s marking system makes it fairly easy to date pieces. The first three marks were black lasting to 1946, the next three are green lasting until 1980, followed by the gold stamp that is used today.

Belleck porcelain is widely collected and highly sought after. Many of the older pieces are beautifully intricate in design and quite pricey. Thanks for taking a little trip to Ireland with me.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Hugs,
Patti

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60 comments:

AllyJo said...

My mother has collected Belleek for decades. Loved seeing yours. Wish she was closer so I could take pictures of it to share as well.

LDH said...

I love the creamy color of the Belleek pieces. Lovely collection!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Patti... I love your Belleek... Jack is Irish, so I collect it too (it's uncanny how many of the same treasures you and I both love!)... I have just a small collection too, mainly newer, some with the beautiful shamrocks on them... I try to buy one new piece each year around St. Patrick's Day... thanks for sharing yours... always love my visits here!... love to you and Paula, xoxo Julie Marie

Passionate for White said...

I'd never heard of or seen Belleek before now...thanks for sharing its beauty!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Patti, your stuff is gorgeous! I'm all Irish and love everything Irish! (My daughters are even Irish dancers.) One of my favorite Beleek pieces is a tea cup and saucer my boyfriend-soon-to-be-husband brought back from Ireland for me. When we went back to Ireland on our honeymoon we bought Beleek Christmas ornaments for our families and I still hang ours way up on the top of the tree each year (18 and counting!) We also have an extensive Beleek Christmas collection. Thanks for the well wishes and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, too!

xoxo Kathleen

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I also love your Beautiful collections Patti. I would like to thank you so much for hosting your party today. Hope you have a wonderful week and have a great St.Patrick's Day with your family.
XXOO Diane

NanaDiana said...

That is beautiful Belleek pieces, Patti! I love it. We have a lot of Irish in our blood so I am always thrilled around this time of year. xo Diana

The French Hutch said...

Hello Patti, You have a lovely collection of Belleek! I wish I had a collection, I think it's so beautiful. Great features from last week. Thanks so much Patti for hosting your party.

~Emily
the French Hutch

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

You have some very nice pieces of Belleek. Thanks so much for hosting!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Thanks for the feature guys. Your Belleek is lovely.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I've never seen Belleek porcelain. It is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love everything creamware...but Belleek, it is my all time favorite...You have some beautiful pieces...

Thank you for featuring my Spring Table!...and thanks again as always for hosting this party...I love participating...

Shelia said...

Oh, what beautiful Belleek! I have one little piece - a tiny vase.
Lovely features and thank you so much for hosting.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Kelly @ NJ History said...

Very cool! Beautiful porcelain.

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Soooo gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and for hosting!
Cindy

Deserae said...

Your Belleek pieces are so pretty!!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
~Des

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Beautiful pieces of Belleek, Patti. The shell-design piece is simply wonderful.

Thanks for hosting. I finally posted something I could link to the party. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

The Polka Dot Closet said...

your Belleek is breath taking, you are so lucky to have some gorgeous pieces! Thank you for the feature!

Carol

Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs said...

Hi Patti, what a beautiful collection! And really love your blog header; makes me think of my grandmother and great-grandmother. : ) I'm a new follower and would love for you to follow back.
I'd also love for you to share your Belleek collection at my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party. Have a great week and I'm linking to your linky party.

Blessed Serendipity said...

Your Belleek is gorgeous! So pretty to use and display. Thanks for hosting the party today.

xo,
Danielle

lvroftiques said...

That's a sweet little collection of Belleek you've got Patti! I have a few small pieces also *winks* I love that they're so easy to spot, and often not too expensive.
I'll be late to the party , but I'm coming so save me some cake OK? *winks* Vanna

Rooms by Ann said...

What a great collection you have, So very pretty, Thanks for hosting. Happy to be apart of your party.

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

My gradfather was Irish so I feel very attached to anything Irish. Your porcelain is so beautiful! x Sharon

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I don't have any Belleek. I've always absolutely loved it. Yours is gorgeous, Patti.

Cottage and Broome said...

Love your Belleek! Between the two of you, you seem to have over occasion covered with beautiful items ot share. Laura

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Ireland forever indeed! I love Belleek, and you have a nice little collection.

Have a great Wednesday!
xo,
RJ

Tammy said...

Thanks you so much for the invite! You have a lovely blog. I am your newest follower. Thanks for visiting Homespun Happenings!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I never am ready for St Patrick's day because of all the birthday's (4) in my family in the first 12 days of March.

I don't have one dish with the irish clover on it however I do have some green depression glass and want to do a table set with it for St Patricks Day. I am going to a parade and dance this Saturday March 17th to celebrate the event

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh your collection is just beautiful!!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Your Belleek Collection makes such a great grouping. I have a few small pieces, so delicate. I am post no. 50 today. Thanks for hosting.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Beautiful posts! Thanks for hosting!

AshTreeCottage said...

Lovely Belleek pieces. I always enjoy your party ~ thank you!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Patty you sweet lady you!! THANKYOU for the feature on my soup. I am so glad you liked it. What a surprize when I got my email. I am just tickled pink!!

Love all your Irish Beauties. Each is so beautiful!

Thanks for hosting another fun party.And thanks again for the feature. I am so honored!

Big Hugs,

Nann

Blue Creek Home said...

HI Lovely Ladies,
I don't have anything ready to link up this week. :(
I love your collection of Belleek and thanks so much for the mention.
Rhonda

Johanna said...

Hi Patti,
your Belleek china is really nice. Love the natural designs. As usual you have a good eye for special things and always a stunning collection.
Best greetings, Johanna

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Your collection is so pretty. Belleek porcelain is one of the prettiest I've seen.

Dee

Poppy said...

Love the creamy iridescence of your Belleek collection... a perfect collection to share for St. Patty's Day:)Thanks for the party! Have a wonderful evening!~Poppy

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Love your collection. I don't think I have ever seen any Belleek before. But I will now keep my eyes open:) Love the pretty shapes and color.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Babs said...

Your Belleek pieces are gorgeous. I love Belleek, but only have one piece, nothing old.. and I drag it out for St.Pat's or Spring. I love the older pieces but they are waaayyy to dear for my purse.
Thanks for telling about the marks. Marks on pottery, porcelain, etc. are always interesting.
Thanks for the reminder to link up.
Babs

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh, sweet Patty, the Belleek is gorgeous, I love the soft color the pieces have and I should get something in Belleek myself. Lovely collection you have! I didn't realized that I had not linked at your wonderful and fun party, I guess I'm still kind of nuts with losing my blog last week! Thank you darling for your visit and reminder. Lots of hugs,
FABBY

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh goodness Patty, I just realized we're not followers and I so admire, love your blog and party! Ok, it's fixed, now I am a proud follower of Ivy and Elephants...there! Hugs,
FABBY

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

My Husband calls my Belleek cups potato chips(his meaning for that is they are SO THIN, and mine would be you can't have just one), hehe! They are SO BEAUTIFUL and thank you for sharing yours with us! To own them is truly to Love them! You have some GORGEOUS pieces! Thank you SO much for visiting me! I would LOVE to join your party... Hugs, Donna

The Tablescaper said...

Hmmmm....I have a few pieces of Beleek too. I wonder where I've stashed those. LOL!

- The Tablescaper

Gail said...

Hello...what lovely Irish pottery ! I love the colour and the lovely details ! Gail x

Richard Cottrell said...

Love your collection and thanks for the lesson, always good to learn something every day. Richard from My Old Historic House

Sherry said...

I love Belleck! How pretty! Thank you for hosting!
Sherry

lvroftiques said...

Finally made it. I hate being late for your party!
Paula you won the Versace stopper for the followers giveaway *winks* Vanna

Linda said...

You have some lovely pieces. I am not familiar with the name, so I say thank you for sharing. We hope to visit Ireland in the future sometime
Thank you for hosting and sharing some wonderful ideas.

Relyn said...

Hi, Patti. It's nice to meet you, too. Yes, I teach second grade and I taught 4th for seven years. Don't you love it? We're on spring break just now. When is yours?

June said...

Your pieces of Belleek are so pretty Patti. I have actually never seen a piece of it before that I know of and I enjoyed hearing about it's history.
Thank you sweet friend for the sweet note you left about my new GB!!!
sending hugs...

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Beautiful pieces of Belleek!

Hugs,
Deb

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Thanks for hosting and always teaching me something new about the vintage lovelies we collect!

joetterer said...

Lots of great links to visit! Thanks for your party!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Patti,
I just LOVE Belleck and have for many years. I do love anything white/cream and it's translucent quality just adds to it's beauty.
Many, many thanks for your lovely comment today. It's lovely to make new blogging friends. XXXX

Mimi said...

Thanks so much for hosting! Have a wonderful weekend!

Palomasea said...

Thank you, dear Patti, for educating me on this gorgeous porcelain.
Love that shell, especially!
Have a beautiful weekend, sweet friend,
xoxo,
- Irina

Curtains in My Tree said...

Patti you have it all don't you

anyway the recipe I have tried in The Back In The Day Bakery cookbook is on page 64 the Old Fashion cupcakes , they turned out as good as Cheryl makes them at the bakery. yum yum , of course I have to watch how many I eaqt now. I have had more items when I visit the bakery.

Darn it I didn't see her in Southern Living magazine, going to get one now

thanks for the comment on my post xoxox

Curtains in My Tree said...

Patti you have it all don't you

anyway the recipe I have tried in The Back In The Day Bakery cookbook is on page 64 the Old Fashion cupcakes , they turned out as good as Cheryl makes them at the bakery. yum yum , of course I have to watch how many I eaqt now. I have had more items when I visit the bakery.

Darn it I didn't see her in Southern Living magazine, going to get one now

thanks for the comment on my post xoxox

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Your Bellect is lovely. I have quite a large collection that I inherited from a beloved aunt; I love it.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for your visit and kind comments and the invitation to join your party. I added your button for the Party to my blog and will be joining in this week!
Thanks again!

Hugs,
Debbie

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