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Summer 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction Preview

One of the highlights of the Summer 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction in Exeter is 'An
        Embassy From the East-India Company of the United Provinces, To the Grand
        Tartar Cham Emperour of China' by John Nieuhoff (BK18/494).

Rachel Littlewood previews the Summer 2017 Antiquarian Book Sale, which includes an important single owner collection of books and manuscripts contemporary with the English Civil War. This auction of rare books and manuscripts in Exeter and over the Internet promises to be an exciting sale.

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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, 15th August 2017. The catalogue is now available.

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A Doulton political commemorative tyg (FS35/719). Nic Saintey suggests that politically themed pottery might not be as dry and uninteresting as it sounds if you are prepared to scratch beneath the surface.
Bessie Ellen Davidson (1879-1965): Fleurs, 1942 (FS35/458). Estimate £3,000-£5,000. Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department looks at the life of Australian artist Bessie Ellen Davidson (1879-1965) who was influenced by Impressionism and joined the French Red Cross during World War I.
A group of Moor Otters on display before going into hiding! Will you find any this Summer? Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to be involved with the Moor Otter Project, which is a public art initiative in aid of Dartmoor National Park. Rachel Littlewood explains how people can become Otter Spotters over the Summer on Dartmoor with a chance to win some fabulous 'spotter' prizes. 30 'Golden' Otters will be auctioned in our Exeter salerooms in September and the other 70 will be sold in an online auction.
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 Bergam (1838-1894).
An F&R Pratt pot lid depicting Queen Victoria. Nic Saintey examines how proto-advertising made the humble Victorian pot lid used as part of daily packaging into 'art' that is widely collected today. The fascinating story of their transformation from the utilitarian to the collectable starts over 150 years ago.
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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