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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 BK12; Lot: 0575: Hiroshige ( 1797-1858 ) a bound collection of 44 colour plates, in original wrappers and brocade folding case with bone ties, 370 x 255 mm, 19th cent. * good impressions of the plates, with strong colours.

Sale: BK12 (01 Oct 2014)
Auction Lot: 0575
Estimate: £500-£800
Realised: £5,200
Hiroshige ( 1797-1858 ) a bound collection of 44 colour plates, in original wrappers and brocade folding case with bone ties, 370 x 255 mm, 19th cent. * good impressions ...

Sale BK14; Lot: 0101: KORAN Illuminated manuscript, 410 pages, 221 x 141 mm, cont red gilt morocco, with matching doublures, gilt edges, with flap, AH 1293 [1876 A D]. * the caligrapher Yayya Hilmi ''Efendi'', the illumination is of outstanding quality, including a magnificent double frontispiece, decorated in two tones of gold, light green and pale blue. Each panel of text is within a thick gold border with decorations in the margins. The tissue guards protecting the frontispiece are also exquisitely illuminated. This manuscript belongs to the Court style of Ottoman manuscripts, made as gifts and endowments. It was therefore most probably produced in Constantinople.

Sale: BK14 (26 Aug 2015)
Auction Lot: 0101
Estimate: £1,000-£1,500
Realised: £230,000
KORAN Illuminated manuscript, 410 pages, 221 x 141 mm, cont red gilt morocco, with matching doublures, gilt edges, with flap, AH 1293 [1876 A D]. * the caligrapher Yayya Hilmi ...