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Furniture

Christopher HamptonChristopher Hampton
Department Head

Gillian WestellGillian Westell
Consultant

A Table The furniture department, run by Christopher Hampton and Gillian Westell, catalogue and auction over 4,000 lots annually, from the finest 18th century English furniture to a modest Victorian chest of drawers. Although fashions change, good quality English and Continental furniture of all periods as always found a ready market. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood hold over twenty furniture auctions every year so there is always an appropriate venue for a client's property, whatever the value.

The market for quality furniture continues to grow and expand into areas in which there was little interest only a few years ago. This is typified by increasing demand for good Victorian and Edwardian pieces which, until recently, would have been dismissed by collectors.

A Set of Four ChairsAs in many areas of antiques, furniture which may have been seen as commonplace or utilitarian when it was bought between seventy and a hundred years ago is fast becoming highly desirable. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood extensive knowledge will help you identify those pieces which have become valuable… even though they have been in daily use for two or three generations. Indeed this can be clearly illustrated by the pair of George III mahogany bedside cupboards which the firm sold recently for £75,000.

Furniture Categories

Sale FS29; Lot: 0456: Herbert George Ponting [1870-1935] - 'Terra Nova' in a Gale, December 1910 carbon print - 46 x 34.5cm, sheet size 53.6 x 41.5 captioned and signed HG PONTING in ink in the lower margin.

Sale: FS29 (19 Jan 2016)
Auction Lot: 0456
Estimate: £2,500-£3,500
Realised: £5,100
Herbert George Ponting [1870-1935] - 'Terra Nova' in a Gale, December 1910 carbon print - 46 x 34.5cm, sheet size 53.6 x 41.5 captioned and signed HG PONTING in ink ...

Sale FS11; Lot: 0405: Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) - Cock and Hen Pheasant, signed and dated 1901.

Sale: FS11 (13 Jul 2011)
Auction Lot: 0405
Estimate: £12,000-£18,000
Realised: £26,000
Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) - Cock and Hen Pheasant, signed and dated 1901.

Sale FS31; Lot: 0277: A platinum and diamond single-stone ring the circular brilliant-cut stone approximately 9.35mm diameter x 5.65mm depth, estimated to weigh 3.1cts in a scroll-pierced eight-claw setting, ring size 'N 1/2'.

Sale: FS31 (12 Jul 2016)
Auction Lot: 0277
Estimate: £8,000-£10,000
Realised: £8,000
A platinum and diamond single-stone ring the circular brilliant-cut stone approximately 9.35mm diameter x 5.65mm depth, estimated to weigh 3.1cts in a scroll-pierced eight-claw setting, ring size 'N 1/2'.