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Collection of Belleek porcelain sells for £7,600 at Wolverhampton auction

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A collection of porcelain from the Belleek pottery in Co Fermanagh sold for an impressive total of £7,600 at Cuttlestones’ auctioneers & valuers in Wolverhampton last week; proving there remains a strong market for ‘traditional’ collectable ceramics.

Renowned for its intricate designs and delicate tea services, Belleek has attracted an international following of collectors; with different coloured base marks denoting the item’s age. The collection that went under the hammer at Cuttlestones was consigned by a local vendor and Belleek figures, decorative items, tea and dinnerware in varying condition and age; all split across 20 lots.

The biggest seller was Lot 414, a mixed collection of varying periods including a part tea set; two Belleek signs; a tea pot stand; a bell and a collection of plates, one in the classic ‘Donegal’ design, which whipped up a bidding frenzy and sold for £2,300.

Elsewhere, items carrying the early black stamp – dating them to the period 1863-1891 – performed particularly well. Among them Lot 269 – a Belleek figure of an innkeeper with two lidded barrels – fetched £950; and Lot 312 – a pair of Belleek twin-handled vases carrying the black mark to base, also sold for £950. Lot 369, comprising three Belleek teapots, one with missing lid, alongside a Belleek vase all carrying black base stamps went for £700; Lot 442 – seven Belleek items, including an unusual three-legged pot, jug, plates and three bowls, all black stamped, sold for £500 and Lot 309 – eight Belleek blue & cream plates and saucers (black marked to base) sold for £300.

Another particularly unusual item that performed well was Lot 4 – a Belleek portrait plaque of a Victorian lady in an ebonised frame – which saw the hammer fall at £400.

Cuttlestones’ Rosie Blackburn comments:
“There’s been a recent trend for mixed ‘chintzy’ china teasets to sell for sky-high prices thanks to the South Korean demand for all things ‘English’. However, this sale proves that the niche porcelain collectors are still out there. This was a great little collection and lovingly amassed – we saw bidders register from across the globe – including Australia, New Zealand and Austria with significant interest from collectors in the USA.”

Consignments are now being taken for the sale room’s September Specialist Collectors’ Sale – for a free, no obligation valuation email pictures to [email protected] or call 01902 421985 to arrange an appointment at the Clarence Street auction house.


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