Dating belleek baskets


31-Aug-2017 00:29

This selection of Belleek comprises a pair of Aberdeen vases, a small forget-menot trinket box, a pair of flowered spill vases, a pair of flowered menu holders and a flowered boudoir candlestick A selection of Belleek baskets sold in London last summer which include an elaborate Rathmore basket (top centre), three covered baskets and a Henshall basket (bottom right) Belleek porcelain is "a world apart" in its individual style and it has a "dedicated band of collectors", according to Mr Fergus Gambon, a ceramics specialist at Phillips auction house in London.To understand what Belleek is worth, the most important factor is to be able to date it.Look for a mark that says `Belleek' or `Belleek Co Fermanagh'.If it says `Ireland' then it's the second period or later." He says that pieces from the first period go for twice that of later pieces.

These come in two sizes and the larger version from the first period could probably fetch £2,000, said Mr Gambon.For instance a basket from the first period might fetch £1,400, while a similar piece from the second period could go for £700.



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