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Bad Weather Notice

Due to the snow lying in Exeter and the surrounding area, we are holding our Antiques & Interiors (EX204) and Collectors' Special (SS5) Sales later in the week. EX204 will now be held on Thursday, 22nd March 2018 and SS5 on Friday, 23rd March 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We do not currently intend closing the salerooms in Exeter on Monday but you are advised to call (01392) 413100 before travelling.

Please take care in the snowy and icy conditions.

Antiquarian Book Auction Preview

Salvo For Russia (BK19/106) by Nancy Cunard and John Banting (Editors) is being
        offered in the rare book auction with a pre-sale estimate of £3,000-£4,000.

Rachel Littlewood previews the forthcoming antiquarian book auction, which includes the Rosemary E Coleridge Middleton Collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The 56 lot collection includes furniture, works of art, silver, ceramics, manuscripts, books and paintings. The sale promises to be exciting with just under 600 lots in total.

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Antiques and Collectables Sale We have a Special Sale of Model Trains, Diecast Vehicles, Toys and Collectables, which will now be held at our salerooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter on Friday, 23rd March 2018. Please note the new date due to the bad weather. The catalogue is now available.

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Antiques and Collectables Sale Our next Antiques and Interiors (with Jewellery) Sale will now be held at our salerooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter on Thursday, 22nd March 2018. Please note the new date due to the bad weather. The catalogue is now available.

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A stoneare cycladic vase (SS4/129) by Hans Coper (1920-1981) sold for £305,000 setting
        the auction world record for any studio pottery. There were a few seconds of stunned silence as the new world record for any work of studio pottery was established in Exeter before the saleroom erupted into applause. The stoneware piece by Hans Coper sold for an astounding £305,000.
Isle of Skye: Towering Clouds over the Bay is being offered in the fundraising auction. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to be conducting the Fundraising Art Auction (originally to be held on Friday, 2nd March 2018 but now in June 2018 due to the severe weather in March) for Honiton's Admiral Nurse Campaign and the Thelma Hulbert Gallery Learning Programme. A total of 56 works have been donated for the auction from artists such a Alan Cotton, Peter Randall-Page, Luke Jerram, Frances Hatch and many others from around the region.
Louis Wain Motor Car. 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.
Terry Frost, RA (1915-2003): Swing Blue. A silkscreen print; image size 46x31.5cm.
        Estimate £1,000-£1,500. Happy Days at the Tate is the inspiration for the Spring Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Pictures & Sculptures with Studio Pottery & Design.
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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