Belleek pottery, produced by the Belleek Pottery Works Company Ltd. in Belleek, County Fermanagh, has long been associated with Irish culture and history. Irish Belleek is notable for its thin, delicate porcelain and its use of traditional Irish decoration, including shamrocks and harps.
Belleek Pottery traces its roots back to John Caldwell Bloomfield, who, in 1849, inherited land rich in minerals, including feldspar. During the devastating Irish potato famine, Bloomfield started a pottery factory to provide work for his tenants, and by the mid 1860's the company was producing the luminous white ceramic pottery.
This lovely cup and saucer is the 'Neptune' pattern which was produced from 1955-1992. The yellow lustre, referred to as 'Cob Lustre', striations with ridged surface, coral handle and two shell feet present a striking combination. The saucer measures 5 1/2" across and the cup measures 2" in height and 3 1/2" across. Both pieces are marked with the fifth mark, second green mark, circa 1955-1965, "Irish Wolfhound, Castle, Harp, Co Fermangh Ireland, Deanta in Eirinn and (R)". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.
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