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Glass and Ceramics

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Glass and Ceramics

The glass collection consists of mainly two areas: Historic glass collection and Contemporary glass collection. The historic collection is made up of mainly English and Irish 18th and 19th century glass. Highlights of the collection include drinking glasses showing their development since the end of the 17th century, and a comprehensive collection of decanters which includes many rare marked Irish pieces.

The main strengths of the ceramics collection lie in British and European historic ceramics, Irish ceramics, Oriental and the contemporary. The Irish collection, is representative of all the major potteries in Ireland, including excavated material from the Downshire pottery, Belfast, and First Period and Second Period Belleek porcelain (as well as pieces from the contemporary Belleek ‘Living’ range).

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Vase

Vase

A white stoneware glazed vase with bulbous body fine neck and flared rim at lip. Around lip is a bronze band of glaze which runs into white glaze. Som...

plate

plate

design: deep, scalloped edge, blue and gold border on rim. Centre painted landscapes with 2 clergymen, one as monkey, other as owl....

FLASK; Belleek scent flask and case

FLASK; Belleek scent flask and case

Oriental inspired trellis gilt buts and blue enamel spots. The scent is contained in the circular rim of the piece. Gilt metal mounts and chain. Velve...

Vase

Vase

A slab built earthenware vessel vase with flat front back and sides. Decorated with geometric design on front with blue, white, yellow, brown and turq...

Bittern comport

Bittern comport

Bittern comport...

Volunteer jug

Volunteer jug

description: volunteer jug transfer, black printed, painted over in colour. One side 2 soldiers and "Hunter and Fox" on other. Mounted soldier and "Un...

KETTLE; hot water kettle or tea pot and lid

KETTLE; hot water kettle or tea pot and lid

'Grass' pattern teapot with cream nacreous glaze. Grass relief decoration picked out in green / purple iridescent enamel. Loop handle over main tea p...

Bottle vase

Bottle vase

Rich iron glazed square sided pot with wax resist decoration through to body colour on all sides. Neck is flared out into small mouth of vessel....

The Boyne Cup

The Boyne Cup

Decoration: globular body, cylindrical neck and loop handle, decorated in blue around neck with pendant stiff leaves and within decorative label inscr...

plates

plates

decoration: Sorgenthal manner, but later imitations. Paintings after Anjelica Kaufmann, surrounded by gilt, crimson, pink, blue, in Adam manner. a) 2 ...

The Prisoner of Love

The Prisoner of Love

female figure, seated, semi draped. On base "The Prisoner of Love" and "Giovanni Fantova Sc"...

URN; covered urn : with lid

URN; covered urn : with lid

glazed, gilding in wide band around body, narrow band on neck and foot, also to finial. Applied flowers and leaves on shoulders, lid, central gilded p...

dish

dish

decoration: eight sided, white glazed. Underglaze blue decor of flowers, trees, etc in oriental style....

plate

plate

decoration: painted white with manganese border, decorated in blue, yellow, vermillion and green. glaze: tin....

"VERTEX 1"

"VERTEX 1"

A glass box vessel with lid in the shape of a pillow. It has a rectangle of diachromatic glass in two tones which forms the lid when slotted into the ...

cup & saucer

cup & saucer

decoration: cup - inside painted, peaches, grapes outside, totally gilded, except base. Saucer - similar painting, gold central indent and rim. Unders...

Cheese dish

Cheese dish

Cheese dish in white earthenware with mauve lustre and black bands; consisting of wide base, from which rises a cylindrical cavity formed of five ring...

plate

plate

Transfer, black on white ground. Leaves and stylised flowers on rim and centrepiece....

Relationships

Relationships

Cermic sculpture "Relationships:Community". Earthenware with burnished lustre glazes...

Tureen & cover & stand

Tureen & cover & stand

Transfer, blue - black on white ground. Stylised leaf, plant and ornamental design. Rim of stand pierced....

Bust of male

Bust of male

Bust of bearded male. Lord James Butler....

Pedestal dish (comport)

Pedestal dish (comport)

transfer, green, white ground. Continuous coiled ribbon, shamrocks and flowers...

plate

plate

Cream ground, "sunray" pattern, moulded. Pierced rim. Gilded. ESM monogram....

Bottle vase

Bottle vase

A pale green / grey caledon glazed stoneware bottle vase with vertical fluted decoration around the body. Short neck with flared rim. Impressed seal m...

PLAQUE; ceramic

PLAQUE; ceramic

White ground, biscuit. Gilding. Centre piece, glazed. Flower group, painted enamels. Moulded pattern. Grotesques. 4 inset panels with hares, partridge...

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