Belleek Celtic Mugs (Set of 2)
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- The set of two 10 oz. mugs are as lovingly detailed as they are sturdy, and they make a beautiful addition to any china cabinet or tabletop.
- The trinity knot spiral symbolizes the endlessness of the cycle of life and the connection between all living and non-living things.
- The mugs make a perfect complement to any of Belleek’s other kitchen designs, especially the Claddagh beverage pot and sugar bowl.
- The set is examined several times throughout its creation for flawlessness, ensuring it makes a perfect gift for a housewarming or anniversary.
- The cream-colored cups are microwave and dishwasher safe, perfect for admiring their finely crafted beauty while enjoying a daily cup of tea or coffee.
Manufacturer: Belleek China
Belleek’s stunning Celtic mugs feature an exquisite tri-cornered trinity knot bound in a circle, representing Ireland’s rich history and tradition. Within the circle, four small dots symbolize the four cardinal directions. Around the bottom of the mug, a detailed interwoven knot pattern adds to the texture and elegance of the cup.
The Celtic trinity knot is a symbol that predates Christianity in Ireland. The number three had many associations in pagan Celtic society, most importantly, the three realms of the world: earth, sea, and sky. After Saint Patrick brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle, however, many ancient Celtic symbols began to take on new, Christian meanings. In the case of the trinity knot, it came to represent the Holy Trinity, as well as the interconnectedness of life, death, and rebirth.
When the trinity knot appears in a circle, it has the added meaning of eternity, and sometimes, the eternal nature of God’s love. In the 19th century, the Celtic knot motif experienced a resurgence in popularity as many Irish people renewed their interest in their pre-colonial heritage. Since then, it has remained a widely-used design in Irish jewelry and art, and today, a popular image on everything from tableware to tattoos!
The two cream-colored mugs are a flawless matched set with large handles, making it easy to keep a grip on your cuppa. They hold about 10 ounces of liquid each, and despite their refined appearance, are microwave and dishwasher safe, making them perfect for daily use.
Belleek Pottery was founded in 1857 and is Ireland’s oldest fine porcelain pottery workshop. Its original owner, John Caldwell Bloomfield, sought to establish an enterprise on his inherited Co. Fermanagh estate to help the town rebuild after the Famine. Luckily, the property was rich in minerals necessary for making clay, and all homes needed pottery for tabletop necessities and cookware. A few years later, the railroad came to the town of Belleek, making it easier for the pottery to bring its pieces to market. In 1863, Belleek began to use parian china, a form of bisque porcelain that was made to resemble Parian marble. It can be poured in liquid form into molds, which means companies like Belleek can produce identical pieces numerous times.
Belleek’s parian ware quickly became their signature, and even Queen Victoria ordered large quantities of the company’s fine porcelain. Still today, they are known for their cream and white designs featuring elegant Celtic style weaving and delicate details of shamrocks or other Irish flora. Many Belleek pieces are ornamental collector’s items, but the favorites among their many lines are the china pieces, like our Celtic mugs, that marry Ireland’s rich design tradition with essentials for daily living.
To guarantee a perfect mug, bowl, or platter every time, each piece of Belleek pottery undergoes an exhaustive making and inspection process known within the company as the “16 Hands.” Each piece is designed, molded, fired, glazed, and decorated according to strict company regulations, and from start to finish, goes through the care of 16 different people with expert hands and watchful eyes. Only items that pass all four company inspections receive the Belleek trademark stamp and enter the market, headed for collectors’ homes.
Belleek’s Celtic knots and spirals harken back to Ireland’s rich, pagan and early Christian past. These intricately designed mugs a wonderful way to honor your Irish heritage while enjoying your morning cup of Barry’s.
Product Features We Adore
One of Ireland's best-known religious symbols in a unique design
Celtic Knot Design
Bands of interwoven knots accent the base of the mug
Perfect for gripping and sipping