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Louis Wain

Louis Wain

Louis Wain was one of the most famous postcard artists of all time, famed for his anthropomorphised cats and kittens. Martin McIlroy recalls his story and its tragedies, from his boyhood truancy through his wife's death (which defined his career) to his twilight years in a mental hospital.

A ring and pendant displayed on a Christmas tree. The salerooms will be closed from 2:00pm on Friday, 22nd December 2017 and will re-open at 9:00am on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018. We would like to wish all of our customers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Antiques and Collectables Sale The results of our Antiques and Interior Sale held at our salerooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter on Tuesday, 5th December 2017 are now available.

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Betty Joel (1894-1985): a Token mahogany bedside cabinet (FS36/1048). Brian Goodison-Blanks writes about the renewed interest in Art Deco furniture as we approach the first centenary of this particular design period and explores the work of Betty Joel (1894-1985), which is being increasingly sought after.
Michael J Praed (b 1941): Sweeping Moors (FS35/557). Estimate £150-£200. Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, considers the Cornish pictures of the contemporary artist Michael Praed, who has a distinctive personal style. The Cornish artist lives in Newlyn.
Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Cats Playing Tennis. Martin McIlroy, Head of the Works of Art Department, looks at Austrian cold painted bronzes of cats. He examines why cats became such a popular subject for artists such as Franz Bergman (1838-1894).
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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