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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 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 BK5; Lot: 0334: A Catalogue of the different Specimens of Cloth Collected in the Three Voyages of Captain Cook to the Southern Hemisphere.

Sale: BK5 (30 Mar 2011)
Auction Lot: 0334
Estimate: £40,000-£50,000
Realised: £130,000
A Catalogue of the different Specimens of Cloth Collected in the Three Voyages of Captain Cook to the Southern Hemisphere.

Sale FS17; Lot: 0742: L'Echopié Jne à Paris, a bronze, ormolu and marble mantel clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours on a bell with an outside countwheel, the white enamel dial signed L'Echopié Jne à Paris, with black Roman numerals and decorative brass hands, the three tier bronze case with raised relief to the front depicting children playing instruments within a field, with goats to the case sides and floral swags set below, standing on ormolu cloven supports, surmounted by a suckling baby with mother, possibly Apollo with the Goddess Leto, seated on a classical day bed with ormolu griffin supports to the four corners, standing on a further green marble base with ormolu mounts to the edges and turned feet, height: 45cm.

Sale: FS17 (29 Jan 2013)
Auction Lot: 0742
Estimate: £2,500-£3,000
Realised: £7,600
L'Echopié Jne à Paris, a bronze, ormolu and marble mantel clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours on a bell with an outside countwheel, the white enamel dial signed ...