For more than 120 years, Irish Belleek, the fragile-appearing translucent porcelain, has held the interest of the collector.
Belleek was born on the banks of the river Erne (pronounced Aaron) in the County of Fermanagh (pronounced Fir-man-ah) in Ireland, the brainchild of John Caldwell Bloomfield.
Bloomfield inherited the Castle Caldwell estate which encompassed the village of Belleek.
Due to the severe deterioration of the estate, he vowed he would start a pottery to provide employment and upgrade conditions.
On the underside of the lid of this teapot is printed instructions for using the teapot: 'Fill with water blood warm and allow it to stand a few minutes empty and use with boiling water'.
These instructions are evidence of the practice of 'warming the pot' which avoids damage to the teapot through thermal shock and ensures that the boiling water does not drop in temperature as soon as it is poured in.
Moulded with grasses and tassels, painted brown, pink, black and grey.Belleek is a beloved collector’s item in the contemporary market thanks to both its brilliant beauty and fascinating legacy that traces back to one of the darkest moments in Irish history.Belleek pottery can be worth anywhere from 0 to ,000 and beyond.During the early years the partners kept apprentice potters in virtual bondage, fearing that their production secrets would leak out.Very few of the English workers remained after completing their apprenticeships; many emigrated to the United States to help companies such as Ceramic Arts Company (later Lenox) Ott and Brewer and Willets produce American Belleek.In 1859 the firm name became Millington, Astbury & Poulson, They were making white ware goods in 1861. Ellsworth, at Alexandria, Va., at the breaking out of the Civil War, bears their impressed mark, an ellipse with the initials of the firm name.