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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 MA12; Lot: 0140: A Chilean 12 bolt copper and brass diving helmet.

Sale: MA12 (15 Jun 2011)
Auction Lot: 0140
Estimate: £1,200-£1,500
Realised: £1,700
A Chilean 12 bolt copper and brass diving helmet.

Sale FS24; Lot: 0620: A Chinese carved jade vase and cover of flattened baluster form, carved with bats and a dragon chasing a flaming pearl, the base with a further dragon rising from waves, the stone of mottled celadon and russet colour, 17cm high.

Sale: FS24 (28 Oct 2014)
Auction Lot: 0620
Estimate: £500-£700
Realised: £12,500
A Chinese carved jade vase and cover of flattened baluster form, carved with bats and a dragon chasing a flaming pearl, the base with a further dragon rising from waves, ...

Sale FS18; Lot: 0397: Donald McIntyre [1923-2009] - Road to the Shore signed bottom right D McIntyre oil on board 51 x 61cm.

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0397
Estimate: £2,000-£3,000
Realised: £5,600
Donald McIntyre [1923-2009] - Road to the Shore signed bottom right D McIntyre oil on board 51 x 61cm.