This vintage circa 1940's lidded biscuit barrel was manufactured by Irish porcelain manufacturer Belleek, known for the eggshell thin nature of its fine parian china as well as its distinctive lustre glaze. The biscuit barrel has been made in the company's New Shell pattern and has a glossy creamy white color with cob lustre highlights. The body of the piece is studded with small circular shapes and features scallop shells along with coral and stylized waves. The domed lid echoes the decoration found on the body of the piece and is topped by a coral motif final.
The lidded biscuit barrel is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The piece stands 7.25" tall as measured to the top of the finial. The mouth is 5.125" in diameter and the foot is 5.25" in diameter. The underside bears Belleek's First Green Mark (also known as the Fourth Mark) introduced in 1946 and used until 1955. The piece weighs in at 1lb 4oz and dates to the late 1940's.
This New Shell Irish parian china lidded biscuit barrel displays beautifully and would make a great addition to a collection of Belleek, or works equally well showcased on its own. A lovely and useful vintage find!
Vintage Belleek Irish Parian China Lidded Biscuit Jar in the New Shell Pattern