A lovely Irish Belleek cream jug and open sugar in the `Lily' pattern. The set is natural bisque color with yellow cobb luster interiors and handle of the creamer. The thinly potted Belleek is exquisite in form, craftsmanship and beauty.
The marking on the creamer is the black Third Mark – 1926 to 1946 and the open sugar has the first green Fourth Mark – 1946 to 1955. I was told that this set was a 1946 Christmas gift.
The cream jug stands 3 1/2 inches tall. The open sugar is stands 2 inches tall, has a 3 3/4 Inch width.
Both pieces are in excellent condition with no chips, breaks, cracks or blemishes.
A beautiful set of early Belleek.
HISTORY: Belleek Pottery was founded in 1858 after John Caldwell Bloomfield, an amateur mineralogist with a particular interest in ceramics, inherited his father's estate and found the ground rich in minerals. The porcelain factory was opened in the village of Belleek as a way to provide a sustainable living for the Irish farmers who had been subject to the potato famine. Bloomfield went into partnership a London architect and a Dublin merchant.
The factory was able to create a very fine thin porcelain heralded as the finest, thinnest ever made. Today, collectors around the world, seek out pieces of this legendary pottery.