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Fine Art Auction Review

Dorothea Sharp (1874–1955): Summer's Day (FS33/429) sold for £48,000.

Rachel Littlewood reviews the January 2017 Fine Sale, which saw the Dorothea Sharp painting in the auction sell for £48,000 and a Chinese wucai porcelain calligraphy brush handle exceed all expectations with a hammer price of £33,000. There were many other excellent results in what proved to be a vibrant two day auction at the South West Auction Centre.

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Antiques and Collectables Sale Our next Antiques and Interiors Sale will be held at our salerooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter on Tuesday, 21st February 2017. The catalogue is now available.

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Antiquarian Book Sale Our next Antiquarian Book Sale will be held at our salerooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter on Wednesday, 15th March 2017. The catalogue is now available.

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Jim Gilbert (1933-1995): Sheila Drunk (FS33/383). Oil on canvas. 40x50cm. Estimate £80-£120. Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, looks at the artist and law-breaker Jim Gilbert (1933-1995) who started life in the East End of London but began painting while in prison during the 1960s. He won the Arthur Koestler Award for Prisoner Art and even painted a portrait of Dylan Thomas that was presented to Jimmy Carter.
A kitsch/vintage/retro alarm clock that attracted Daniel Goddard's eye. Daniel Goddard reflects on how trendy retro-vintage is becoming on a recent stroll through Exeter on the way to the cinema, noting the firm's recent highly succesful vintage cloth, jewellery and luggage sale and comments on a kitsch/vintage/retro alarm clock that recently caught his eye.
A lustrous Cambrian cow creamer from 1810. Nic Saintey writes about cow creamers, covering their introduction in the first half of the Eighteenth Century through to their fall from grace, implicated in the cholera epidemics that affected Sunderland and East London from the early 1830s.
North Moreton Church, Berkshire (FS32/337) by the artist John Piper (1903-1992), was sold for £20,000. Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, talks about the recent private collection sold at auction for £80,000 and provides some background to the early 20th Century artists whose work was featured in it.
Front Cover of The Lot Magazine Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood publishes an occasional magazine called The Lot covering our recent news and saleroom hightlights. It also provides interesting insights into our work. The current and previous editions can be downloaded in PDF format or read online as a page-by-page electronic magazine.

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Sale FS17; Lot: 0826: A Regency rosewood breakfront side cabinet, applied with beaded mouldings, the four doors inset with fabric panels and divided by moulded uprights, headed by scrolls and on reeded bun feet, 183cm (6ft 0in) wide.

Sale: FS17 (29 Jan 2013)
Auction Lot: 0826
Estimate: £800-£1,200
Realised: £6,800
A Regency rosewood breakfront side cabinet, applied with beaded mouldings, the four doors inset with fabric panels and divided by moulded uprights, headed by scrolls and on reeded bun feet, ...

Sale FS18; Lot: 0856: By Shapland & Petter, Barnstaple a late Victorian/Edwardian oak wardrobe in the Art Nouveau taste, applied throughout with beaten patinated metal strap hinges and knobs, the raised pediment above an arched mirrored door, flanked by two panelled doors each inset with a tile picture depicting a peacock, an arrangement of six drawers below and on bracket feet, 180cm (5ft 11in) wide, 216cm (7ft 1in) high, the brass locks all impressed S & P B, the tiles marked Flaxman on the reverse.

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0856
Estimate: £1,500-£2,000
Realised: £4,900
By Shapland & Petter, Barnstaple a late Victorian/Edwardian oak wardrobe in the Art Nouveau taste, applied throughout with beaten patinated metal strap hinges and knobs, the raised pediment above an ...

Sale FS17; Lot: 0850: A 19th Century French carved giltwood centre table in the Louis XIV taste, surmounted by a rectangular panel of breche violette marble, within a foliate border, the cushion frieze decorated with foliage and with shaped and pierced acanthus and paterae aprons, on openwork square section tapered legs with acanthus leaf husk and paterae ornament, united by curved acanthus scroll stretchers with central finial, the top 165cm (5ft 5in) x 85cm (2ft 9 1/2in).

Sale: FS17 (29 Jan 2013)
Auction Lot: 0850
Estimate: £7,000-£9,000
Realised: £11,500
A 19th Century French carved giltwood centre table in the Louis XIV taste, surmounted by a rectangular panel of breche violette marble, within a foliate border, the cushion frieze decorated ...