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Collections

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood naturally have considerable expertise in dispersing fine art collections by auction as the largest independent fine art auctioneers in the South West of England (covering Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset).

We market collections consigned to us for sale at auction using both traditional and more modern methods. Firstly, we have an enviable network of potential buyers, built up over many years by our fine art specialists. Secondly, we have significant skills in marketing collections to new and fresh audiences through emarketing activities, promoting dispersals across the globe, to increase competition for each lot in the saleroom as they come under the hammer.

The Flowerday Collection

Dispersed by auction in January 2018

A Chelsea Mug The Flowerday Collection of 18th Century English porcelain is the result of almost 40 years of collecting and includes the twelve 'Galle' faience cats.

Collection of David Eustace Paintings

Dispersed by auction in April 2017

A collection of paintings from the Studio of artist David Eustace, who was born in Birmingham in 1950 and now lives in Exeter.

Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Book

Dispersed by auction in March 2017

Philip Rashleigh's Specimens of Cornish Minerals from the Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Books The Harold Bowden Collection of Cornish Books comprising over 100 Cornish books, including some rare and scarce volumes.

The Noel Melville Richards Archive

Dispersed by auction in March 2017

An Original Signed Letter by General BL Montgomery The WWII Archive of Noel Melville Richards OBE LVO

Single Owner Collection of Miniatures, Small Portraits & Historical Engravings

Dispersed by auction in September 2016

A portrait of Mustapha Ali, a young Turkish Boy, attributed to Thomas Charles Wageman. A Single Owner Collection of Miniatures, Small Portraits and Historical Engravings amounts to nearly 100 items.

The Pardoe Collection of Diving Helmets and Equipment

Dispersed by auction in June 2016

An early 12 bolt square corselet diving helmet by CE Heinke & Co Ltd. The Tony and Yvonne Pardoe Collection of diving helmets and other equipment comprises all the diving equipment illustrated in their book 'Diving Helmets and Equipment Through the Ages' (2012), together with many additional items.

The Frank Wheeldon Collection

Dispersed by auction in January 2016

A Fine Early Worcester Polychrome Coffee Cup The Frank Wheeldon Collection comprises the remainder of the late Frank Wheeldon's 18th century porcelain (which was originally offered for sale in 2008) and his silver, furniture, works of art and photographs.

Rowland Hill Paintings and Studio Pottery Collection

Dispersed by auction in January 2016

Rock Landscape 1968 by the late artist and potter Rowland Hill (1919-2015) A collection of paintings and studio pottery by the late artist and potter Rowland Hill (1919-2015).

A Private Collection of Vintage, Retro & Antique Clothing

Dispersed by auction in November 2015

A Biba pink silk long sleeve blouse, which forms part of the collection. A single owner collection of vintage and retro clothing, luggage, shoes and fashion accessories, together with antique clothing, lace and linen. Its contents range from high fashion design like Christian Dior, Biba, Aquascutum, Courreges, Givenchy, Marshall & Snelgrove and Nancy Gunn, to the quirky and collectable like corsets, leather gaiters, faux fur, whips and silk underwear.

A Private Collection of Campaign Furniture

Dispersed by auction in October 2015

A 19th Century Indo Colonial Hardwood and Ivory Inlaid Rectangular Kneehole Desk from the Collection A private collection of 19th century campaign furniture.

The Rockbeare Manor Collection

Dispersed by auction in October 2015

A George III Mahogany Sideboard Table from Rockbeare Manor near Exeter in Devon. The Rockbeare Manor Collection comprises a selection of chattels from a Grade I listed Country House near Exeter in Devon.

A Fine Furniture Collection (July 2015)

Dispersed by auction in July 2015

An Item from the Collection A private collection of English and Continental furniture from the 18th to the 20th centuries, the property of a lady.

The McAlpine-Woods Collection

Dispersed by auction in July 2015

Chinese Interior Painted Glass Pendant Ornaments The McAlpine Woods Collection consists of silver and works of art collected in the Far East in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Roy Paine Collection of Torquay Pottery

Dispersed by auction in October 2014

A Watcombe (Torquay) Pottery Moulded Pilgrim Flask (FS24/481) from the Roy Paine Collection The Roy Paine Collection of Torquay Pottery (mainly from Aller Vale and Watcombe) comprises 66 lots and represents a collection built up meticuously over a 36 year period.

The John Granger Bassett Lowke Model Railway Collection

Dispersed by auction in February 2014

A 3-rail electric 4-6-2 locomotive No 46232 'Duchess of Montrose' by Bassett Lowke (SC18/747) that forms part of the extensive private collection by model railway enthuisiast John Granger, who is downsizing his collection. John Granger has been a prolific railway modeller, collector and member of the Basset Lowke Society, building a large layout in his Devon home and it is with a tinge of sadness and downsizing that John has decided to sell the collection.

A Private Westcountry Collection of Jade

Dispersed by auction in January 2014

A Chinese celadon jade circular box and cover, which forms part of this collection. A private West Country single-owner collection of Chinese jade collected during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Penrose Collection

Dispersed by auction in January 2014

A suite of Waterloo (Cork) drinking glasses from the collection. A collection of Waterford glass with exceptional provenance being sold by direct descendants of George Penrose, the co-founder of the Waterford Glass House.

The Rhead-Cronin Collection

Dispersed by auction in December 2013

A selection of ceramics, paintings, sketches and ephemera from the Rhead-Cronin Collection. A collection of ceramics and art from the estate of the late Richard Harry Rhead-Cronin.

The Castle Hill Attic Sale Collection

Dispersed by auction in December 2013

A selection of items in the Castle Hill Attic Sale Collection. The Castle Hill Attic Sale Collection consists of more than 100 lots being offered on the instructions of The Earl and Countess of Arran from the attics of their home at Castle Hill, near Filleigh, in North Devon.

A Private Collection of Drawings by John White Abbott (1763-1851)

Dispersed by auction in October 2013

A detail from a drawing by the Exeter artist John White Abbott (1763-1851) A collection of eight drawings by the Exeter artist John White Abbott (1763-1851), from a deceased estate, that Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood has been instructed to sell at auction on behalf of a beneficiary.

Antique Nutcracker Collection

Dispersed by auction in September 2013

An attractive example of one of the many nutcrackers included in the collection being sold at auction in Honiton by Bearnes Hampton &amp Littlewood. A single-owner collection of nutcrackers ranging in age from the antique brass and treen nut crackers of the 18th century through to those of the modern era. The collection has been meticulously logged and labelled. Remarkably, this was the collector's second collection of nutcrackers, the earlier collection having been sold to museums in America and Germany.

The Michael Snow Art and Poetry Book Collection

Dispersed by auction in August 2013

The Michael Seward Snow Art and Poetry Book Collection was assembled by the late artist. The Michael Snow Art and Poetry Book Collection is a very interesting single-owner collection of art and poetry books from the library of the late St Ives artist Michael Snow.

The Nye Furniture Collection

Dispersed by auction in July 2013

An Art Deco Adjustable Chair - just one of the pieces of Fine Furniture in the Nye Furniture collection. The Nye Furniture Collection was assembled by the late Paul Nye. The collection is being dispersed over three sales. The first two sales are in July 2013 (SF18) and October 2013 (SF19); with a third at the start of May 2014 (FS22).

The Roberts Collection

Dispersed by auction in June 2013

A 19th century Japanese okimono of a snake and skull, estimated at between £800 and £1,200, which is being offered in our July 2013 Fine Sale (FS19/568). A collection of predominantly 19th century Japanese carved ivory netsuke and okimono inherited and subsequently curated by the late Devon collector RR Roberts over the past four decades.

The Michael Snow Art Collection

Dispersed by auction in April 2013

Alixe Jean Shearer Armstrong [1894-1983] - Quarry The Michael Snow Art Collection comprises 14 lots from the estate of the late Michael Seward Snow, which is the property of his son Justin Snow. This small collection was formed by exchanges of work between artists.

The Tek Sing Wreck Collection

Dispersed by auction in March 2013

A selection of Lotus Bowls recovered from the Wreck of the Tek Sing The Tek Sing Wreck Collection consists primarily of blue and white decorated plates, bowls and dishes, with some blanc de chine, celadon and olive glazed porcelain vases, cosmetic boxes and jars. The majority of the collection was manufactured at Dehua kilns. It is, to date, the largest cargo of Chinese porcelain that has been salvaged from a wreck.

Collection of Measham Pottery

Dispersed by auction in March 2013

A Measham or barge ware mug for a canal side inn in the Buxton Basin The collection consists of 19th century Measham 'Bargeware' pottery. Bargeware was made chiefly in the Burton-on-Trent area and was especially favoured by bargee's wives. A known maker of these usually unmarked wares was William Mason of the Pool Pottery, Church Greasley.

The Tryhorn Collection

Dispersed by auction in January 2013

A Bow bottle vase the pear-shaped body with slender neck, painted in the Kakiemon palette with chrysanthemum and other flowers and foliage below a turquoise diaper rim hung with iron red foliage, circa 1755. (FS17/8). The Tryhorn Collection consists of predominantly 18th and 19th century European porcelain collected by the late Donald Tryhorn of Kingsbridge. The collection includes fine examples of Bow, Bristol, Plymouth, Chantilly and St Cloud porcelain as well as some Oriental pieces.

The Stockman Collection of Staffordshire Pottery

Dispersed by auction in January 2012

A Staffordshire Pottery Figure: Billy the Rat Catcher The Stockman Collection of Staffordshire Pottery consists of some 342 lots comprised mainly of Staffordshire pottery but also with some Staffordshire porcelain, other ceramics and glass assembled by the late Paul Stockman.

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