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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dish

Dish

Moulded cream and yellow body. Dish moulded as head and shoulders of woman playing harp. Rim pierced....

PLAQUE; ceramic

PLAQUE; ceramic

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

Teapot

Teapot

Porcelain teapot, squashed spherical body white tinged pink, coral handle and lid. Broad spout splashed pink. On base in circle "The Ulster Pottery Co...

posset pot & lid

posset pot & lid

design: bulbous with scroll handles and spout on which are blue dashes. All decoration in u/g blue in chinese style. Lid has mushroom shaped knob and ...

Ceramic basin

Ceramic basin

3 fish, iridescent glaze, pollen, brown trout and perch...

Kidney dish

Kidney dish

green, overglaze, white ground. 2 Chinamen and shamrock. "W.H.Patterson, Belleek Oct. 8 1868"...

cup & saucer

cup & saucer

decoration: gold rims, gilt bordered panels on dark blue, 3 large panels each has bird of paradise alternating with 6 small panels at rim and base of ...

Kidney dish

Kidney dish

"Wm. H. Patterson, Dundela, Strandtown, Co. Down, 8 Oct. 1868"...

Dish

Dish

Porcelain dish with painted panels of Dutch ships in centre and 2 on side. Side panels flanked by pairs of Dutch merchants in red, black and gold; all...

dish

dish

description: elongated, cast porcelain, ornate centre gilt enamelled with flowering "primas", elaborate gilding on border pattern, reserves....

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...

Tea set

Tea set

thistle shape, cream ground. Cups raised, saucers and tray impressed. Coral design handles. Pink edging and gilding...

SERVICE, TEA; Ceramic baccarat tea service

SERVICE, TEA; Ceramic baccarat tea service

Cream ground, moulded shells, pink moulding, gilding on shells, handles divide on cups....

KETTLE; hot water kettle

KETTLE; hot water kettle

cream ground. 2 spouts, as foreparts of dragon. Finial as chinaman. Impressed scale pattern...

"Pax"

"Pax"

decoration: white body screenprinted with design by Paul Wunderlich. process: screenprinted....

Shattered Cycle

Shattered Cycle

A large, cast glass sculpture in the form of a geode split in half. Green in colour with added white/clear glass nodules to outer surface....

Ribbon Of Life

Ribbon Of Life

Blown, cased, cut and acid-treated glass. Tall vase form with swelling at the middle. Orange glass cased in gree and blue, then comes out to reveal b...

Display vases

Display vases

design : a set of 7 stages in the production of the cherry blossom vase. Plaster model, mould, relief flowers, biscuit, unfired glaze, fired glaze and...

Safe as Houses

Safe as Houses

This sculpture takes the form of two glass blankets and one woolen blanket which sit folded on top of a small yellow commode or chest. The glass blan...

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