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A Review of 2015

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.

Richard Bearne, Chairman of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

Richard Bearne, Chairman of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

Well this has certainly been a special year for Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. We have truly bedded-in to our wonderful extended saleroom premises in Exeter and our re-christened Antiques & Interiors auctions have proved highly successful. The re-naming of these sales was done to encourage the consignment of some of the more interesting 20th century material, which has been gaining favour recently to complement our more traditional area of business (ie: Victorian and earlier antiques).

The Westcountry Saleroom Complex in Okehampton Street, Exeter.

The Westcountry Saleroom Complex in Okehampton Street, Exeter.

We have auctioned several works by 20th century artist Mary Fedden in recent years. Famous for her portraits of cats, she was also a prolific painter of still lives and such was the charming picture of Spring Flowers which fetched £7,600 in January (FS25/403). In the same sale, a stylish earthenware figure of a young lady and her dogs entitled ZiZi (FS25/561), which was produced around 1934 by Helen Konig Scavini achieved a hammer price of £5,000. Terry Frost was a major 20th century artist and an abstract screen print by him fetched £620 in our July 2016 sale (FS27/286).

The Westcountry Saleroom Complex in Okehampton Street, Exeter.

Spring Flowers, Crocus and Pansies in A Pot (FS25/403) by artist Mary Fedden (1915-2012) realised £7,600 in our January 2015 Fine Sale.

A Lenci earthenware figure 'Zizi' after an original by Helen Konig Scavini (FS25/561) was also offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale in January 2015, fetching
   £5,000.

A Lenci earthenware figure 'Zizi' after an original by Helen Konig Scavini (FS25/561) was also offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale in January 2015, fetching £5,000.

A screen print entitled 'Spirals' from 2003 by the major 20th cenutry artist Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003) fetched £620 in the Summer of 2015.

A screen print entitled 'Spirals' from 2003 by the major 20th cenutry artist Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003) fetched £620 in the Summer of 2015.

In the same sale was a wonderful collection of Art Deco furniture including a very stylish cream leather-upholstered three-piece suite that fetched £2,100 (FS27/735). Other items of 20th century design sold successfully during the year were an Eames chair for £1,750 (FS26/988), a Liberty leather foot stool in the form of an elephant for £520 (FS26/990) and a set of three 'boomerang' chairs by Peter Huidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsen for £1,650 (FS27/844).

An Art Deco Burr Maple Veneer and Upholstered Three Piece Lounge Suite (FS27/735), attributed to Heals, realised £2,100 reflecting
        the trend for 20th century items to be in favour.

An Art Deco Burr Maple Veneer and Upholstered Three Piece Lounge Suite (FS27/735), attributed to Heals, realised £2,100 reflecting the trend for 20th century items to be in favour.

A leather foot stool in the form of an elephant, retailed by Liberty (FS26/990), sold in April 2015 for £620, also reflects the growing trend
   for more modern furniture.

A leather foot stool in the form of an elephant, retailed by Liberty (FS26/990), sold in April 2015 for £620, also reflects the growing trend for more modern furniture.

In April 2015, a Lounge Chair for Herman Miller (FS26/988) by Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Eames(1912-1988) realised £1,750.

In April 2015, a Lounge Chair for Herman Miller (FS26/988) by Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Eames(1912-1988) realised £1,750.

Further highlights this year were two of the highest prices achieved by the company since its formation: these were the sale of a rare manuscript copy of the Koran (BK14/101) which sold in our August Book Sale for £230,000 and just two months later a sketch by John Constable (FS28/409) with a wonderful provenance sold for £252,000. These exceptional achievements and the continued strength in the Chinese market have meant a good year for the company and we are looking forward with some anticipation to finding those special lots in 2016.

In the meantime please accept our best wishes for a prosperous New Year.

A rare manuscript copy of the Koran (BK14/101) dating to AH 1293 (1876 AD) sold for £230,000.

A rare manuscript copy of the Koran (BK14/101) dating to AH 1293 (1876 AD) sold for £230,000.

A sketch by John Constable RA (1776-1837) (FS28/409) attracted enourmous attention and eventually sold for £252,000 in our
        Exeter salerooms in OCtober 2015.

A sketch by John Constable RA (1776-1837) (FS28/409) attracted enourmous attention and eventually sold for £252,000 in our Exeter salerooms in October 2015.

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