A lovely Belleek Double Shell creamer jug or pitcher with the first green mark. This entirely hand crafted and hand painted piece has a clear glaze over Parian ( a type of biscuit porcelain , delicate with a soft translucent glow). Classic ivory body with rich Cob Lustre (very soft yellow) glaze on interior, handle and neck band.
Green back mark identified as, “4th/1stGreen 1946/55”. Beautifully styled with the finest detail.
Stands 4-1/4 inches tall and 3-7/8 inches from spout tip to handle edge.
The creamer or small pitcher is in excellent condition. There are no chips, cracks, or crazing; no wear or signs of use. Green back mark is slightly worn.
HISTORIQUE: Irish Belleek (The Enchanted Porcelain of Ireland) – Belleek Pottery was founded in 1858 after John Caldwell Bloomfield, an amateur mineralogist with a particular interest in ceramics, inherited his father's estate. The grounds of the estate were 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.