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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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tea pot and lid

tea pot and lid

Cream ground, octagonal, prunus blossom. handle and feet as coral, pink. Pink, black, gilding, overglaze. Crest, negro's head on crown....

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...

cup and saucer

cup and saucer

Raised marine form pattern, cream exterior, yellow/cream interior. Gilt rim. Handle of cup divides at top....

PLATE; side plate

PLATE; side plate

decoration: TRANSFER printed u/g blue, Chinese style pattern. Scale border with animals, showing landscapes and wild animals. Very slightly notched....

Volunteer Jug

Volunteer Jug

decoration: black TRANSFER printed decor. Below spout "The Rev. John Wright/Chaplin..." One side death of Wolfe, reverse panel supported by volunteers...

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....

plate : soup

plate : soup

design: blue printed chinese design of pagodas in landscape. Deep with butterfly scale and diaper border with gold edged rim....

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...

Cup with disc form

Cup with disc form

Small cup shaped form on a cone shaped base with central disc below cup. Buff stoneware with dark brown dry glaze to base and disc. Inpressed HC in ba...

VASE; thistle vase

VASE; thistle vase

cream ground. Body as large centralthistle, with 3 smaller thistles. Applied rose-buds and shamrocks...

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 ...

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...

plate

plate

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

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...

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...

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...

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....

Bittern comport

Bittern comport

Bittern comport...

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...

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"...

dish

dish

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

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...

cup & saucer

cup & saucer

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

"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 ...

plate

plate

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

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

11 piece sculpture...

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....

cup

cup

design: off white squat baluster, high foot rim, moulded handle. U/g blue wide line under rim. Band of clay chippings round middle. condition: crack f...

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...

dish

dish

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

Bowl

Bowl

Blue enamel with celtic design panels inside, some iridescence. Black outlined and black line designs round rim outside....

mug

mug

transfer, brown-black subject on white ground...

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...

BASKET; Belleek basket and cover

BASKET; Belleek basket and cover

Trellis work basket with twig handles, the rim of the basket and the cover decorated with leaves and flowers. condition : Perfect...

cup & saucer

cup & saucer

decoration: both have 4 lobes, gilt borders, painted with coloured flowers. Scroll handle, gilt on cup. Gold fancy border on inside rims....

dish

dish

design: shallow, oval, lobed sides and ends. Raised decor on rim with piercing and scrolling, dark cream coloured with no painted decoration....

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....

Vase forms

Vase forms

Three vase forms in heavily grogged stoneware. Dry glazes in different colours of brown and cream painted onto surface in abstract pattern. Impressed ...

KETTLE; hot water kettle

KETTLE; hot water kettle

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

Jug

Jug

transfer...

Ceramic basin

Ceramic basin

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

tumbler

tumbler

description: one side portraits of King and Queen, surrounded by sprays, flags. Above Royal Arms "In Commemoration", below "King George...1911", on ot...

"Pax"

"Pax"

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

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 ...

plaque

plaque

design: circular, figures of Hector and Andromache, female crying on shoulder of armoured male....

moustache cup & saucer

moustache cup & saucer

decoration: moulded rounded rims, white with rose sprays, green and pink. Gilding on rims, moustache holder and scroll handle. GDA France mark....

plate

plate

decoration: circular, hexagonal scalloped border, brown tortoiseshell design with green splashes. Simple indented line design round border. Base cream...

Kidney dish

Kidney dish

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

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...

Ulster Will Fight

Ulster Will Fight

stencil, blue, black and green. Cream ground. Base "Ulster will fight". 5 blue crowns with green shamrocks....

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...

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...

plate

plate

Cream ground. Spider web pattern. Raised, blue and gilding. Raised blossom and branches....

plate

plate

design: all over flowers in u/g blue, red enamel and gilding possibly in Japanese taste....

tea bowl & saucer

tea bowl & saucer

decoration: Meissen flower and butterfly design is on both. Two lines round rim inside on both with single flower motif in bowl. All decoration in blu...

Tea set

Tea set

Fawn and white with heavy gold bands and floral decoration. Each has sepia panel/s of landscape. No mark on most pieces although 'B' impressed on some...

Prince of Wales Ice Pails

Prince of Wales Ice Pails

Prince of Wales ice pails, two large bucket shaped vases on tall feet. All in parian porcelain with nacreous glaze to highlight waves and water around...

Sugar bowl

Sugar bowl

Ribbed and fluted sugar bowl decorated in blue transfer print design, with coat of arms of Belfast Arts and Industry Exhibition 1895. Gilded edge to r...

bust of Charles Dickens

bust of Charles Dickens

bust of Dickens in double breasted jacket, collar and tie. Base glazed...

tea pot and lid

tea pot and lid

white ground, spout as foreparts of dragon. Impressed scale pattern. Moulded and overglaze colours - brown, purple, sea-green, gilding. 3 feet clawe...

Vase

Vase

Bulbous brown glazed ribbed pot, with swelling to the centre. Mottled glaze with incised lined horizontally between ribs. Incised is script "Martin Br...

jam pot

jam pot

White ground. Body and lid as acorn. Moulded design. Leaves, some pink....

mug

mug

transfer, light maroon, white ground. 3 scenes, one of Gothic ruin, 2 of country houses...

Flask with stopper

Flask with stopper

Belleek flask with stopper, enamelled with rose, shamrock, thistle, Star of David and monogram, no mark....

mug

mug

description: Coronation mug, Edward VII June 26th 1902. One side picture representing proclamation of peace after Boer War; other, portraits of Edward...

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