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

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

Friday, 30 July, 2021

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 wolverhampton@cuttlestones.co.uk or call 01902 421985 to arrange an appointment at the Clarence Street auction house.

 

Auction Dates

Antique & Interiors
Wednesday 29th September '21
Penkridge Auction Rooms
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Antique & Interiors
Wednesday 20th October '21
Wolverhampton Auction Rooms
Catalogue available 15th October
Specialist Collectors'
Friday 19th November '21
Wolverhampton Auction Rooms
Catalogue available 12th November
Winter Antique
Thursday 2nd December '21
Penkridge Auction Rooms
Catalogue available 26th November
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