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Basket: C.39-2006

Object information

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Factory: The Belleek Pottery Ltd




Glazed Parian porcelain, of hand-made basket-weave and trellis-weave, with a flat rim of interlaced arcading decorated with applied shamrocks, thistles, and roses, and two prickly rose stem handle

Glazed off-white and slightly iridescent Parian porcelain of handmade triple darning-weave, trellis weave, and interlacing arcading with applied handles, and moulded and hand-modelled applied decoration. The oval basket stands on an oval double rope footring, and has an oval base of three-strand weave with a rope edge. The deep curved sides are of trellis weave, and the flat rim of interlaced arcading with a plait round the inner edge. The two handles are each formed by a prickly rose stem with a secondary stem branching from it and curving downwards to the rim where there is a small flower, a bud, and five leaves (different on each side). On the rim, next to the ends of the handles, there are four groups of applied flowers, comprising a rose, four buds, a closed thistle, and a spray of shamrock leaves.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Bequeathed by S.V. Finn

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.5 cm
Length: 31.5 cm
Width: 23 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Belleek ⪼ County Fermanagh ⪼ Northern Ireland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2006) by Finn, S.V.


19th Century, Late#
Circa 1880 CE - 1890 CE


In 1884 the firm became known as The Belleek Pottery Works Co. Ltd., and from 1919 was known as The Belleek Pottery Ltd. This is probably the oval basket large size BS.44 which appears in the 1904 Belleek Pottery Catalogue and the 1949 Catalogue.

Components of the work


Materials used in production

rather grey in colour Parian (porcelain)

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: a straight ribbon with pointed ends

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Applied and impressed
  • Type: Factory mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.39-2006
Primary reference Number: 134023
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 2 December 2014 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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