Figure of Erin, Belleek Pottery

Contributed by fergus

Figure of Erin, Belleek Pottery

"Erin unveiling her first Ceramic production. The base of the figure represents the Flagstones of the Falls on which the Pottery is built and from which the town and the products of the Pottery derive their name."
This is how the figure was described in an earlier Belleek Catalogue of the 1920's.
William Boynton Kirk (1824-1900), a Dublin born sculptor designed and sculpted this wonderful allegorical piece for Belleek in the late 1860s.
The design depicts a beautiful lady "Erin" representing Ireland and she is unveiling a vase representing Belleek Pottery. She stands on an island that represents Rose Island where the Pottery was built on. The island no longer exists due to the Erne Drainage scheme of the 1950s. Thus she introduces Belleek Pottery to the World and proclaims its merit and excellence.
We believe that less than a hundred of these pieces have ever been made.

This piece dates from the 1870's and was probably first shown at the Dublin Exhibition of 1872.

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  • 1. At 11:47 on 21 November 2010, joan hill wrote:

    I have inherited this piece of Belleek pottery fom my Mother My grandfather bought it and it has been in the family eversince it is only the last 2 weeks i have decided to find more about it i wonder if you could tell me a rough value as it isnt insured as an individual item.

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