Sale FS22; Lot: 0974: By Direction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral - A pair of 16th Century Italian carved giltwood and polychrome decorated thrones, the high panelled backs with arcaded pendant hung canopies of half dodecogonal form, pierced and decorated with scrolling foliage, one with foliate scroll finials, the other lacking and with vaulted interiors of star shape, each with a central pendant, the polychrome decorated rectangular panels with female figures and birds amidst scrolling foliage, between canted panelled stiles in gilt with red and gilt decorated reserves, the box seats with short arm supports on turned uprights, having panels with coat of arms to either side, the seats with central Moresque decorated panels, flanked by stiles with raised masks and foliage, on block feet, Circa 1620, 223.5cm (7ft 4in) high, the seats 74cm (2ft 5in) wide. *Note A gift to Exeter Cathedral by the Reverend Sir Patrick Ferguson Davie BT, Circa 1960 of Creedy Park, Devon. Purchased in London the thrones are discussed in Charles Tracy's book Continental Church Furniture in England - A Traffic in Piety, pages 138 - 139.

Sale: FS22 (29 Apr 2014)
Auction Lot: 0974
Estimate: £10,000-£15,000
Realised: £9,000
By Direction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral - A pair of 16th Century Italian carved giltwood and polychrome decorated thrones, the high panelled backs with arcaded pendant ...

Sale FS18; Lot: 0689: A Chinese bronze ritual libation vessel, in archaic style with pointed spout and two finials, the body cast with a band of taotie masks, scrolls and geometric patterns, on tall tripod legs, Qianlong seal mark and probably of the period, 17cm high.

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0689
Estimate: £200-£400
Realised: £6,200
A Chinese bronze ritual libation vessel, in archaic style with pointed spout and two finials, the body cast with a band of taotie masks, scrolls and geometric patterns, on tall ...

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, ...

Antiques and Interiors Auction Extended

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are pleased to announce that the EX153 Antiques and Interiors Sale to be held in Exeter has been extended to two days and will be on 16th/17th February 2016.

Antiques and Collectables Sale The results of our Antiques and Interior Sale held at our salerooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter on Tuesday, 26th January 2016 are now available.

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Mark Kingscote and Rebecca Trethewey admire a Dutch school painting at the Bearnes
        Hampton & Littlewood private view for the January 2016 fine art auction held
        on 15th January 2016 in Exeter. The January 2016 Fine Art Auction Private View started the New Year off in style, with the Lord Mayor of Exeter attending the evening that saw our invited guests enjoying sparkling wine and canapes while browsing an interesting and sometimes unusual collection of lots for auction.
A cottage interior with a woman peeling vegetables (FS29/424) (oil on canvas, 30.5cm x 41cm)
        by Johann Bernard de Hoog (1867-1943), which sold in January 2016 for £780. Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, discusses the art of the narrative by looking at two exponents of the genre: the 19th century Dutch artist Johann Bernard de Hoog (1867-1943) and the English painter George Goodwin Kilburn (1839-1924) of the same period.
Video: Pardoe Diving Collection, narrated by Brian Goodison-Blanks. VIDEO: Brian Goodison-Blanks, Head of the Maritime Department, introduces the Pardoe Diving Collection, which will be offered at a Special Auction on 15th June 2016 at our South West of England Saleroom Complex in Exeter as well as live online.
Richard Bearne, Chairman of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. Our Chairman, Richard Bearne, looks back over last year and picks out some of our auction highlights, which include £230,000 for a rare manuscript copy of the Koran and £252,000 for a sketch by John Constable RA.
A wider French Palissy Ware dish signed and dated Boch 1892. Nic Saintey looks at the rustic pottery of French Huguenot Bernard Palissy (1510-1589) and the rebirth of Palissy Ware in the mid 19th century in Tours in the Loire Valley, which saw rivals spring up in Paris and influenced the Majolica Wares of those such as Minton and George Jones.
A rare late George III Silver Table Top Novelty Toothpick Holder, London, 1819 (FS29/151). Martin McIlroy, Head of the Silver Department, marvels in a delightful late George III silver novelty toothpick holder, which is so rare that he has never seen an English example before. He is certain that it will bring home the bacon.
Eight volumes of the first edition of George Eliot's 'Middlemarch'
        fetched £15,000 in our Book Sale on the 26th August 2015 (BK14/92). Richard Bearne, Chairman and Head of the Books Department, discusses serialisaton in newspapers as a popular publishing format, looking back to famous works such as Charles Dicken's 'The Pickwick Paper's and George Eliot's 'Middlemarch' that first appeared in this fashion.
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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