Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Another White Wednesday

As I’ve posted Irish whites for the last two weeks, I thought I would also share my small collection of Belleek Parian china.







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This beautifully fine and translucent tableware originates in the town of Belleek, situated on the banks of the River Erne in
Northern Ireland.

With the exception of the one small terrier, my pieces are from the Shamrock Tableware collection. I did not acquire them in Ireland, however, but had them given to me by my gracious Canadian mother-in-law from her own china cabinet. Receiving them a few years into our marriage. I’ve had them for forty years now, and do not know how long Esther had them before that. I do know that their elegance will remain timeless.

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Pottery began in Belleek in the mid-nineteen century, when John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his father’s estate, and looked for ways to provide employment for his tenants, robbed of their livehood and well-being by the Irish potato famine.


Since then, piece is made using techniques and materials handed down to new generations of craftsmen; and every brushstroke is still lovingly applied by hand.

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With my proclivity for awkwardness, I rarely bring them out, and handle them very carefully on those special occasions when I do! I love the glow they took on last night as I photographed them against the setting sun. I hope you find them as exquisitely beautiful as I do...

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24 comments:

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Oh my, that is lovely stuff! That first little dish is so small, it reminds me of a salt seller, is it?

Olive Cooper said...

Lynette, the sun shines right through this lovely china. It is glorious. I have just about run out of WW objects. hugs♥olive

Ann said...

Hi Lynette~Yes, I find Belleek china just as exquisite as you do and think the sun set photo is amazing.
Thanks so much for sharing for White Wednesday.
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Lovely peices..I have one piece of Belleck as well..but yours are "Ahhh..fabulous!"

Faye said...

Oh...they are beautiful! Thank you for carefully bringing them out to show!

Faye

WildRoseVintage

Sherry said...

That is beautiful. I love how you photographed it.
Sherry

Gracie's Cottage said...

Those are divine and your photos really show their delicate nature. So pretty!

Jan

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

So Delicate & Oh So Pretty.....

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"You have a wonderful Mother-in-law to give you these treasures"... I share the love of Belleek... How could anyone not fall in love with this beauty... Your post is SO lovely and such a beautiful tribute to this company. Hugs, Donna

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Beautifully translucent porcelain -- the sign of quality!

Rebecca said...

I just love how the light shines on all your pretties-thanks for sharing on WW

Mary said...

Simply gorgeous! I love how translucent it is and the light shining on/thru them is amazing...I'm a little like a bull in a china shop myself, I would be heartbroken if I chipped or dropped a piece.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

You have a beautiful collection of belleek. Thanks for sharing. ~~Sherry~~

susan said...

Hi Lynette, thanks so much for stopping by the blog. These dishes are lovely and your current post at Imaginative Traveler is just outstanding. I can't wait to read more.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

What lovely pieces you have, Lynette! Your pictures are beautiful!
Have a wonderful day,
~ Jo :)

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

They're all so pretty but the little dog has to be my favorite. Thanks for sharing, you should take them out and enjoy them!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

SO beautiful! My Grandma had some Belleek as well, and treasured it. Lovely for afternoon tea on a rainy winter afternoon! Wrapped in Mohair throws, wet gloves and boots steaming in the doorway!!!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

p.s. Beautifully photographed too!

robyn said...

Oh that is GORGEOUS tableware! I also am in LOVE with how they glow in your fantastic photos! What a treasure you have. Thank you so very much for your extremely kind words on my blog. They really mean a lot to me. ;-) ...hey, I'm a new follower!

Claire de Lune said...

Thank you so much for visiting and for your sweet comments.

How lovely to photograph such delicate pieces inspired by nature in the beautiful green lushness of the real thing. Just beautiful.....

Lori

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Lynette,
You are lucky to have these lovely pieces in your possession. I'm like you...I don't want to use my precious pieces, for fear that something will happen to them. But then...Just went through this with my mom... She kept things that she thought were too pretty to use...and now? Well, it's tough, isn't it?! Anyway, enjoy your beautiful treasures.

Have a thoughtful Thursday. ~Natalie

Sandi said...

We have something in common! Awkwardness! lol Put me in a store and you can hear where I am in a matter of a few minutes. hee hee
Pretty pottery!!
Blessings~

The Littlest Thistle said...

A beautiful collection

iltaka said...

Very nice collection and so lovely with sun.