Belleek - (Porcelain Ceramics Factory Ireland) Glossary of Antique Terms B

Belleek - (Porcelain, Ceramics Factory, Ireland) The porcelain factory founded in 1857 at Beleek, Co. Fermanagh, Ireland, to exploit the possibilities of the local china clay and felspar. The felspar was of considerable purity and permitted a very thin and extremely translucent ware which, covered with a thick glaze, has a unique pearly sheen. The factory traded as D. McBirney & Co. The mark incorporates an Irish round tower, the harp and greyhound and three-leaved shamrock.

Art Deco Eggshell porcelain Belleek shamrock vase


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