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Silver Auction and Works of Art Auction Previews

Martin Mcilroy previews the silver and works of art in the upcoming October 2013 Fine Art Sale that is being held in the newly extended salerooms in Exeter in the South West of England.

A Chinese Five Piece Silver Tea Set, Early 20th Century (FS20/111) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 23rd October 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

A Chinese Five Piece Silver Tea Set, Early 20th Century (FS20/111) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 23rd October 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Reflecting the ever increasing interest shown by Chinese buyers, the Silver section of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Autumn 2013 Fine Art Sale includes several Chinese silver tea services.

A Chinese Four Piece Silver Tea and Coffee Service (FS20/110) that is estimated at between £1,000
        and £1,500 in the Silver Auction of our Autumn 2013 Fine Sale, which has online live bidding support.

A Chinese Four Piece Silver Tea and Coffee Service (FS20/110) that is estimated at between £1,000 and £1,500 in the Silver Auction of our Autumn 2013 Fine Sale, which has online live bidding support.

Tea has been exported from China to Europe over the past two hundred and fifty years and the tea services reflect Chinese decoration for the Western market. Mostly decorated with dragons either in the form of handles or embossed into the body of the teapot. Bamboo, cranes and pagodas are also used in decoration. Most of the tea services on offer date from the late 19th and early 20th century and were produced in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Estimates vary from £400 to £1,500.

A three-piece Chinese Silver Tea Set (FS20/115) made for the export market and estimated at between £400 and £500.

A three-piece Chinese Silver Tea Set (FS20/115) made for the export market and estimated at between £400 and £500.

In contrast to the Chinese tea services is a wonderful Victorian four-piece tea service (FS20/124) by Martin Hall & Co, decorated with cherub masks, ribbon swags and flowerheads, being typical of its period, the estimate is £1,500-£2,000.

A Victorian Four Piece Silver Tea and Coffee Service by the maker Martin Hall & Co is inviting bids
        of between £1,500 and £2,000.

A Victorian Four Piece Silver Tea and Coffee Service by the maker Martin Hall & Co is inviting bids of between £1,500 and £2,000.

Included in the Works of Art auction of the fine sale is a broad cross-section of oriental export wares including ivory brise fans, carved jade items, carved ivory tusk vases, shibayama wares and okimonos.

A stunning Chinese carved ivory wristrest (FS20/879) is amongst the oriental works of art in the sale (estimate: £300-£400).

A stunning Chinese carved ivory wristrest (FS20/879) is amongst the oriental works of art in the sale (estimate: £300-£400).

One of the most stunning pieces is a Chinese carved ivory wrist rest (FS20/879), decorated with birds perched in a flowering shrub to one side and painted with a mountainous landscape to the other side.

A Japanese ivory shibayam and white metal mounted vase and cover (FS20/879) has exemplary inlaid decoration and is carrying a pre-sale estiamte 
        of £1,500-£2,000.

A Japanese ivory shibayam and white metal mounted vase and cover (FS20/879) has exemplary inlaid decoration and is carrying a pre-sale estiamte of £1,500-£2,000.

When it comes to inlaid decoration not much can beat the ivory and shibayama ivory vase and cover (FS20/852) with an estimate of £1,500–£2,000.

Amongst the oriental works of art is a Chinese Celadon Jade box and cover that shows
        the quality of the jade carver's work (FS20/815), which is estimated at between £1,000 and £1,500.

Amongst the oriental works of art is a Chinese Celadon Jade box and cover that shows the quality of the jade carver's work (FS20/815), which is estimated at between £1,000 and £1,500.

A carved jade box (FS20/815) also shows the quality of the jade carver's skill. The box, which has pierced trellis decoration covered with foliage and held together with a loop, is only 11cm high, the estimate is £1,000–£1,500.

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