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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 FS13; Lot: 0114: Charles Goode. A late 18th century gold, repousse pair cased open face pocket watch, the fusee verge movement with backplate inscribed Chas Goode, London, the circular white enamel dial, 37mm diameter with Roman numerals in a gold case with hallmarks for London 1796, the outer case decorated in relief with Venus and Cupid within a surround of scrolls, foliage and oval portrait medallions.

Sale: FS13 (25 Jan 2012)
Auction Lot: 0114
Estimate: £2,500-£3,000
Realised: £2,600
Charles Goode. A late 18th century gold, repousse pair cased open face pocket watch, the fusee verge movement with backplate inscribed Chas Goode, London, the circular white enamel dial, 37mm ...

Sale FS26; Lot: 0803: A Persian ivory, mother of pearl and horn mounted wood box and cover in the form of a parrot, it's plumage inlaid in naturalistic and geometric style, the hinged cover with lock and opening to reveal three internal divisions, on steel legs, late 18th/early 19th century, 16.5cm high [minor damage and losses].

Sale: FS26 (21 Apr 2015)
Auction Lot: 0803
Estimate: £800-£1,200
Realised: £13,500
A Persian ivory, mother of pearl and horn mounted wood box and cover in the form of a parrot, it's plumage inlaid in naturalistic and geometric style, the hinged cover ...

Sale FS18; Lot: 0686: A Chinese hardstone-inlaid lacquer and hardwood screen and stand the black lacquer rectangular panel inlaid with a double gourd vase, a peach spray, a duck, two hanging plaques and a peaches and bat carving, the frame carved overall with archaistic scrollwork and stylised lotus, total height 103cm, total width 67cm, some restoration and minor damage.

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0686
Estimate: £4,000-£6,000
Realised: £6,700
A Chinese hardstone-inlaid lacquer and hardwood screen and stand the black lacquer rectangular panel inlaid with a double gourd vase, a peach spray, a duck, two hanging plaques and a ...