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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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Ulster Will Fight

Ulster Will Fight

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

Bowl

Bowl

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

Tureen & cover & stand

Tureen & cover & stand

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

plate

plate

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

Jug

Jug

transfer...

mug

mug

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

cup and saucer

cup and saucer

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

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...

VASE; thistle vase

VASE; thistle vase

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

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....

"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 ...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Bittern comport

Bittern comport

Bittern comport...

Pedestal dish (comport)

Pedestal dish (comport)

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

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....

"Pax"

"Pax"

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

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....

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...

plate : soup

plate : soup

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

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...

plate

plate

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

dish

dish

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

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...

plate

plate

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

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

dish

dish

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

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...

plates

plates

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

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...

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....

plate

plate

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

plaque

plaque

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

Kidney dish

Kidney dish

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

Kidney dish

Kidney dish

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

Dish

Dish

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

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 Prisoner of Love

The Prisoner of Love

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

Bust of male

Bust of male

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

KETTLE; hot water kettle

KETTLE; hot water kettle

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

PLAQUE; ceramic

PLAQUE; ceramic

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

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....

Ceramic basin

Ceramic basin

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

Tea set

Tea set

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

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...

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...

Relationships

Relationships

11 piece sculpture...

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....

cup & saucer

cup & saucer

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

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 ...

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...

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 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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

Pouring vessel

Pouring vessel

Plain black glazed pouring vessel with white rim and single handle to one side. Simple pulled pouring lip and throwing rings are visible on sides. LR ...

Erin Awakening from her Slumbers

Erin Awakening from her Slumbers

female figure, unglazed, standing draped. Harp and cross and some details of drapery glazed. "Belleek Pottery" on stand...

The Fate of the Children of Lir

The Fate of the Children of Lir

Eight beaded stained glass panels. Fitted into iron window frame....

Flask with stopper

Flask with stopper

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

BOWL; Ceramic bowl

BOWL; Ceramic bowl

Cream body. Body, nautilus shell, feet, whelks. Green edging...

mug

mug

transfer, flowers, white ground. Pink background, white petals...

Teapot and lid

Teapot and lid

'Bamboo' design teapot in plain cream. Overall shape made from short cut lengths of bamboo....

Placid Vases

Placid Vases

Three free-blown glass sculptures, one clear, one olive green and one brown. Balloon-shaped, coloured, hollow vessels on cone-shaped, clear bases. T...

Shadow

Shadow

A solid glass panel is held upright in a metal stand. The glass has been cast using the thermocollage technique with various coloured oxides added to...

Teapot and lid

Teapot and lid

A porcelain teapot and lid, white and grey dry body with pinprick design of leaves all over body and lid. Has six feet that form branches extending up...

platter/dish

platter/dish

Platter or dish with floating base rim and wall sides. Uneven circular shape with dented and pinch rim. Covered in all over duck egg blue celadon glaz...

mug

mug

transfer, black, white ground. A. Deer and hounds, chase. B. Stag at bay, 2 hounds....

kettle stand

kettle stand

white ground. Body as contorted dragon with outspread wings. Gilding. Base supported on 4 feet, as claws...

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