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The following news articles have recently been released by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. We intend to keep these news articles online for reference. As our archive grows, you will be able to search for them by topic and date.

The recumbent nude from the studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680) (FS35/402) fetched
        £62,000 exceeding all expectations.

Summer 2017 Fine Sale Review (Published June 2017)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the Summer 2017 Fine Sale which was a very eventful auction with many exciting suprises and some very good results. The oil on canvas from the studio of Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680) of a recumbent nude on a balustrade balcony surpassed all expectations realising £62,000.

These Seven Elizabeth II Silver and Gilt Champagne Flutes (FS35/4) are being offered
        as part of the silver in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 11th July 2017 at
        our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Summer 2017 Fine Sale Preview (Published June 2017)

Rachel Littlewood takes a look at the upcoming Summer 2017 Fine Sale, which will be held on 11th/12th July 2017 at the South West Saleroom Complex in Exeter. The Fine Art auction has already been attracting significant interest with a wide range of artefacts on offer. The sale promises strong silver, jewellery, ceramics, pictures, works of art and furniture sections.

Michael J Praed (b 1941): Sweeping Moors (FS35/557). Estimate £150-£200.

Michael Praed (b 1941) (Published June 2017)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, considers the Cornish pictures of the contemporary artist Michael Praed, who has a distinctive personal style. The Cornish artist lives in Newlyn.

Bessie Ellen Davidson (1879-1965): Fleurs, 1939 (FS35/458). Estimate £3,000-£5,000.

Bessie Ellen Davidson (1879-1965) (Published June 2017)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department looks at the life of Australian artist Bessie Ellen Davidson (1879-1965) who was influenced by Impressionism and joined the French Red Cross during World War I.

A Rare and Well Preserved Arctic Exploration Sledge Flag For Admiral George Richards
        KCB (MA17/113).

2017 Maritime Auction Preview (Published May 2017)

Brian Goodison-Blanks, Head of the Maritime and Sporting Department, previews one of the exciting lots from the upcoming June 2017 Maritime Auction, which will be held at our Exeter Salerooms with Live Online Bidding Support.

A group of Moor Otters on display before going into hiding! Will you find any this Summer?

Moor Otters (Published May 2017)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to be involved with the Moor Otter Project, which is a public art initiative in aid of Dartmoor National Park. Rachel Littlewood explains how people can become Otter Spotters over the Summer on Dartmoor with a chance to win some fabulous 'spotter' prizes. 30 'Golden' Otters will be auctioned in our Exeter salerooms in September and the other 70 will be sold in an online auction.

A 1977 Issue Star Wars 'Luke Skywalker' 12 Inch Action Figure by Clipper Toys, Amsterdam
        (SC24/1074), which was offered in our Two Day Sporting and Collectors Auction starting
        on 17th May 2017, realised £400.

May The Toys Be With You: Collectable Toys Valuation Event at Torquay Museum (Published May 2017)

Following the success of the May 2017 Sporting and Collectors Sale, Brian Goodison-Blanks will be at a special valuation event focussing on Collectable Toys at Torquay Museum on Saturday, 24th June 2017.

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Wristwatch (FS34/213), which sold for £1,400 in 2017.

Rolex Watches (Published April 2017)

Jewellery expert Lucy Marles looks at internationally renowned watchmaker Rolex and notes that wristwatches have become as much status symbols as they are devices to tell the time.

A Sapphire Diamond Three-stone Ring (FS34/404) offered in our April 2017 Fine Sale,
        which realised £3,250.

Sapphires (Published April 2017)

Lucy Marles, one of our jewellery specialists, reflects on how desirable sapphires are at auction with their connections to royalty and their association with romance. She concludes that the sapphire and diamond ring sold in a recent Fine Sale is a good example of what the market is seeking in terms of sapphire rings.

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873): A Portrait of A Lady (thought to be Therese Freifrau Von Bethmann, nee Freiin Vrints V Treuenfeld) (FS34/593) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 11th April 2017 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

April 2017 Fine Art Auction Review (Published April 2017)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the successful April 2017 Fine Art Auction that included a portrait thought to be of Therese Freifau Von Bethmann by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873), which sold for £155,000. The sale also set a world record for the artist James Dickson Innes (1887-1914).

 A Southern Railway (SR) Platform Sign.

May 2017 Sporting & Collectors Auction Preview (Published April 2017)

Brian Goodison-Blanks finds himself transported back in time while previewing the two day May 2017 Sporting & Collectors Auction, which features an original issue 1977 Star Wars Luke Skywalker action figure. The large sale includes signed album covers and an Edwardian Scottish FA Medal as well as good selection of militaria, antique textiles and clothing, stamps and musical instruments.

Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873): A Portrait of A Lady (thought to be Therese Freifrau Von Bethmann, nee Freiin Vrints V Treuenfeld) (FS34/593) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 11th April 2017 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

April 2017 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published March 2017)

Rachel Littlewood previews the April 2017 Fine Art Auction, which has over a thousand fine art lots, including a portrait thought to be of Therese Freifau Von Bethmann by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873).

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Higos Insurance North Devon Valuation Events (Published March 2017)

Higos Insurance and Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are teaming up once again to provide two special free valuation events in North Devon on Tuesday, 28th March 2017 giving the people of North Devon an excellent opportunity to receive expert valuation advice about their fine art, antiques and jewellery.

The artist David Eustace, born in Birmingham in 1950, is now based in Exeter.

David Eustace (Published March 2017)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, looks at the work of the artist David Eustace, an imaginative and eccentric painter of dreams and the theatre of the street.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (BK17/95) by Arthur Rackham is offered in our Books,
        Maps and Prints Auction starting on 15th March 2017 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Antiquarian Book Auction Preview (Published February 2017)

Rachel Littlewood previews the extensive offering of books for auction in the March 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction, which includes a large collection of Cornish books and a fascinating collection of material from the World War II Archive of Noel Melville Richard OBE LVO, Head of the Photographic and Reproductions Branch of the Air Ministry.

Dorothea Sharp (1874–1955): Summer's Day (FS33/429) sold for £48,000.

Fine Art Auction Review (Published January 2017)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the January 2017 Fine Sale, which saw the Dorothea Sharp painting in the auction sell for £48,000 and a Chinese wucai porcelain calligraphy brush handle exceed all expectations with a hammer price of £33,000. There were many other excellent results in what proved to be a vibrant two day auction at the South West Auction Centre.

Pheasants in a Snow Covered Landscape by John Trickett (Contemporary).

Artist and Law-Breaker Jim Gilbert (Published January 2017)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, looks at the artist and law-breaker Jim Gilbert (1933-1995) who started life in the East End of London but began painting while in prison during the 1960s. He won the Arthur Koestler Award for Prisoner Art and even painted a portrait of Dylan Thomas that was presented to Jimmy Carter.

Pheasants in a Snow Covered Landscape by John Trickett (Contemporary).

Christmas and New Year (Published December 2016)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will be closed from 1:00pm on Friday, 23rd December 2016 until 9:00am on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.

Children Feeding A Goat in A Pen with a Landscape Beyond (FS33/428) by the artist
        Harold Harvey (1874-1941) is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000 in our
        Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 24th January 2017 at our salerooms in Exeter.

January 2017 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published December 2016)

Rachel Littlewood previews some of the exciting lots in the two-day January 2017 Fine Art Auction that will be held in the Southwest Saleroom Complex in Exeter on 24th/25th January 2017. The sale is bumper-sized with the usual mix of silver, jewellery and watches, pictures, ceramics and glass, works of art and clocks as well as fine period furniture.

A Good Scratch Built Electric 4-4-2 Locomotive in LB&SCR Livery (SC23/1007)
        is being offered in our Two Day Sporting and Collectors Auction that starts on 16th
        November 2016 our Exeter Saleroom Complex in Devon.

Sporting and Collectors Auction Preview (Published November 2016)

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews the Two Day Sporting & Collectors Auction that is being held on 16th/17th November 2016 in our Exeter Saleroom Complex. The sale has a strong militaria, antique weapons and firearms section as well as some interesting vintage textiles and costumes.

North Moreton Church, Berkshire (FS32/337) by the artist John Piper (1903-1992), was sold for £20,000.

£80,000 Collection of 20th Century British Pictures (Published October 2016)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, talks about the recent private collection sold at auction for £80,000 and provides some background to the early 20th Century artists whose work was featured in it.

A rare set of twelve George II grey painted armchairs (FS32/1140) from Kingsnympton
        Park realised £46,000 in the October 2016 Fine Sale held in Exeter.

October 2016 Fine Sale Review (Published October 2016)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the October 2016 Fine Sale that had plenty of highlights, including the sale of a rare set of twelve George II grey painted armchairs that realised £46,000 and a painting of North Moreton Church in Berkshire by John Piper (1903-1992), which fetched £20,000.

A Worcester (First Period) Armorial Mug (FS32/636) offered in our Two Day October
        2016 Fine Art Sale, being held in Exeter and over the Internet with live bidding
        support.

October 2016 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published September 2016)

Rachel Littlewood writes about just some of the exciting and varied lots that are being offered in the upcoming October 2016 Fine Art Sale with something for everybody (even someone with everything!) The auction has some unusual silver, some beautiful jewellery, a fuddling cup, some fine real estate (albeit on a small scale) and some rare furniture in the Chinese Chippendale taste.

English School Circa 1826 - A Portrait of Edward Prior (b 1800) (BK16/48).

For The Doll's House Collector (Published September 2016)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to be offering a rare, fully-furnished early 19th Century Doll's House in the October 2016 Fine Sale.

English School Circa 1826 - A Portrait of Edward Prior (b 1800) (BK16/48).

Miniatures, Small Portraits and Historical Engravings (Published September 2016)

Daniel Goodard previews the single owner collection of miniatures, small portraits and historical engravings that is being offered as part of the Books, Maps and Prints Auction on 21st September 2016 in Exeter.

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Valuations at Michaelmas Fair (Published September 2016)

Martin McIlroy and Lucy Marles will be providing free valuations at the Michaelmas Fair being held at Powderham Castle, the home of The Rt Hon The Earl and Countess of Devon, on 3rd November 2016. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are sponsoring the event that is being held in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity.

A kitsch/vintage/retro alarm clock that attracted Daniel Goddard's eye.

Vintage, Retro, Kitsch - It's All in Demand! (Published August 2016)

Daniel Goddard reflects on how trendy retro-vintage is becoming on a recent stroll through Exeter on the way to the cinema, noting the firm's recent highly succesful vintage cloth, jewellery and luggage sale and comments on a kitsch/vintage/retro alarm clock that recently caught his eye.

Piccadilly, Manchester 1915 (FS31/362) by artist Helen Bradley (1900-1979) proved
        to be the top selling lot in the Fine Sale, achieving a hammer price of £115,000.

Summer 2016 Fine Art Auction Review (Published July 2016)

Rachel Littlewood reports on an exciting Summer 2016 Fine Sale, which saw several of the pictures on offer in the sale come under intense competition resulting in them becoming the top selling lots in the two day auction. The jewellery also proved buoyant with several ceramics attaining good results too.

A Heriz Carpet (FS31/913) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 12th
        July 2016 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Summer 2016 Fine Furniture Preview (Published July 2016)

Christopher Hampton, Managing Director, takes a quick look at the furniture on offer in the upcmoing Summer 2016 Fine Sale, which has a larger than usual collection of Eastern carpets and rugs to tempt buyers with.

Piccadilly, Manchester 1915 (FS31/362) by Helen Bradley (1900-1979) is being offered
        in our two day Fine Sale on 12th/13th July 2016 and is expected to fetch between
        £30,000 and £50,000.

Summer 2016 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published June 2016)

Rachel Littewood previews the two day Summer 2016 Fine Sale, which will be held on 12th/13th July 2016 at our Auction Room Complex in the heart of the Westcountry in Exeter. The sale promises much with an oil of Picadilly in Manchester by Helen Bradley (1900-1979) carrying a pre-sale estimate of £30,000 and £50,000 and an impressive collection of fine jewellery as well as strong silver, ceramics, works of art and furniture sections.

Eric Erskine Campbell Tuffnell (1888-1978) - HMS Asphodel (MA16/865) offered in
        our Maritime Auction starting on 16th June 2016 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Commander Eric Tufnell RN (1888-1978) (Published June 2016)

Ahead of two solid days of maritime sales in June 2016, Brian Goodison-Blanks takes a look at the life of the renowned maritime artist Commander Eric Tufnell RN (1888-1978).

A 5-inch Gauge Live Steam 0-4-2 Slab Sided Tank Locomotive No 1451 in GWR Livery (SC22/1103), which will be offered for sale during the
        Two Day Sporting and Collectors Auction on 18th/19th May 2016 in Exeter and online.

May 2016 Sporting and Collectors Preview (Published May 2016)

Brian Goodison-Blanks highlights some of the exciting lots coming up in the two day May 2016 Sporting and Collectors Auction that boasts more than 1,200 items, ranging from fire arms and swords through militaria and medals to toys and models.

Menerbes (FS30/280) by artist John Piper (1903-1992) realised £10,000 in our Two
        Day Fine Art Sale starting on 19th April 2016 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

April 2016 Fine Art Sale Review (Published April 2016)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the results from the April 2016 Fine Sale held in Exeter on 19th/20th April 2016. The sale had many highlights including the painting by John Piper (1903-1992), which sold for £10,000.

A Rare Set of Twelve Japanese Hand-coloured Woodblock Prints of 'The Twelve Divas',
        which carry a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£7,000 will be auctioned during the two
        day April 2016 Fine Sale in Exeter on 19th/20th April 2016.

April 2016 Fine Art Sale Preview (Published March 2016)

Rachel Littlewood takes a moment to pick out some of the many and varied lots in the upcoming April 2016 Fine Sale, which includes silver, jewellery, watches, ceramics and glass, pictures, clocks, works of art and furniture. The two day sale will commence on 19th April 2016 at the South West of England Saleroom Complex in Exeter.

A detail from a 19th Century triple cylinder, single-acting diver's pump with water
        pump pulley by Augustus Siebe.

Diving Helmets at Auction (Published March 2016)

Brian Goodison-Blanks, Head of the Maritime Department, writes about Augustus Siebe, arguably the godfather of diving helmets. He has been investigating the fascinating history of diving helments, especially their early development, while cataloguing the Tony and Yvonne Pardoe Collection of diving helmets and equipment, which will be sold in June 2016.

An illustration by Arthur Rackham in a limited editon of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows (BK15/63a). The book is estimated at £500-£700
        and is being sold in Book Auction on 23rd March 2016 in Exeter.

Book Auction Preview (Published March 2016)

Richard Bearne, Chairman and Head of the Book Department, previews the extensive antiquarian books, prints and maps auction being held in Exeter on 23rd March 2016. The sale offers a wide selection of interesting entries drawn from all categories that the department handles.

A Georgette Rondel (1915-1942): St Stephens Green, Dublin; signed bottom right oil
        on board 60.5 x 73cm; Estimate £3,000-£5,000.

Oil Painting by Georgette Rondel (Published February 2016)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, discusses oil painter Georgette Rondel (1915-1942) and The White Stag Group, a shared, geographical and cerebral collective that based itself in Dublin ahead of the sale of an oil painting by the artist.

An 1815 Needlework Sampler produced at the time of the Battle of Waterloo.

Needlework Samplers (Published February 2016)

Martin McIlroy, Head of the Works of Art Department, looks at the development of needlework samplers through the 19th Century by looking at four such needlework samplers coming up for auction in our Spring 2016 Fine Sale in April 2016.

A poster for the Darktown Strutters Ball, which will be included in the extended Two Day Antiques and Interiors Sale that
        is being held in Exeter on 16th/17th February 2016.

Antiques and Interiors Auction Extended (Published February 2016)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are pleased to announce that the EX153 Antiques and Interiors Sale to be held in Exeter has been extended to two days and will be on 16th/17th February 2016.

Mark Kingscote and Rebecca Trethewey admire a Dutch school painting at the Bearnes
        Hampton & Littlewood private view for the January 2016 fine art auction held
        on 15th January 2016 in Exeter.

January 2016 Fine Art Auction Private View (Published January 2016)

The January 2016 Fine Art Auction Private View started the New Year off in style, with the Lord Mayor of Exeter attending the evening that saw our invited guests enjoying sparkling wine and canapes while browsing an interesting and sometimes unusual collection of lots for auction.

A Chinese Underglaze Copper-red Decorated Quadrilobed Vase (FS29/501) fetched £15,500
        in Exeter.

January 2016 Fine Art Auction Review (Published January 2016)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the first sale of 2016, which had many unusual items for auction and delivered lots of excitement as it progressed over its two day duration in January 2016 at the South West of England Auction Complex in Exeter.

A rare late George III Silver Table Top Novelty Toothpick Holder, London, 1819 (FS29/151).

This Little Piggy Went to Market! (Published January 2016)

Martin McIlroy, Head of the Silver Department, marvels in a delightful late George III silver novelty toothpick holder, which is so rare that he has never seen an English example before. He is certain that it will bring home the bacon.

Video: The Pardoe Diving Collection narrated by Brian Goodison-Blanks.

Pardoe Diving Collection (Published January 2016)

VIDEO: Brian Goodison-Blanks, Head of the Maritime Department, introduces the Pardoe Diving Collection, which will be offered at a Special Auction on 15th June 2016 at our South West of England Saleroom Complex in Exeter as well as live online.

Richard Bearne, Chairman of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

A Review of 2015 (Published December 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.

A self-portrait by Robert Lenkiewicz (FS29/342) is being offered in the 19th/20th
        January 2016 Fine Sale in Exeter.

January 2016 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published December 2015)

Rachel Littlewood previews the first major fine art auction of 2016, which has more than a 1,000 lots of silver, jewellery, pictures, ceramics, glass, works of art, clocks and furniture. The sale has some exciting pieces as well as some interesting and unusual items. All in all, it promises to provide two days of excitement with plenty of saleroom battles.

A block print by Eric Gill (1882-1940), which will be auctioned in the January 2016
        Picture Sale.

Eric Gill - Printmaker, Typeface Designer, Sculptor (Published December 2015)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to announce that there will be two wood engravings or block prints by Eric Gill (1882-1940) in the Picture Sale in January 2016.

Jill Grainger (left) with Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Chairman Richard Bearne
        and Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Lesley Robson.

Autumn 2015 Fine Art Auction Private View (Published November 2015)

The Private View for the Autumn 2015 Fine Art Auction was an enjoyable event attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter that provided our invited guests with an opportunity to view the oil sketch by John Constable, which later realised £252,000 in the sale.

Eight volumes of the first edition of George Eliot's 'Middlemarch'
        fetched £15,000 in our Book Sale on the 26th August 2015 (BK14/92).

Serialised Books (Published November 2015)

Richard Bearne, Chairman and Head of the Books Department, discusses serialisaton in newspapers as a popular publishing format, looking back to famous works such as Charles Dicken's 'The Pickwick Paper's and George Eliot's 'Middlemarch' that first appeared in this fashion.

A pair of Charles Jourdan silk court shoes (size 5.5) and a pair of pale blue leather
        ladies shoes carry a pre-sale estimate of £10-£20 (SS1/24).

Vintage, Retro and Antique Clothing, Luggage, Fashion Accessories, Costume Jewellery, Lace and Linen for Auction (Published November 2015)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are pleased to be offering a special sale of vintage, retro and antique clothing, luggage, fashion accessories, costume jewellery, lace and linen on Tuesday, 24th November 2015, which starts two intense days of selling in Exeter with the regular antiques and interiors auction following close on its heels on the Wednesday.

Teignmouth Harbour (FS28/413) by local artist Thomas Luncy (1759-1837) did particularly
        well going under the hammer for £14,000.

Antique Clocks Talk (Published October 2015)

Leigh Extence, Clock Specialist, will be undertaking valuations between 11:00am and 1:00pm on 29th October 2015 and giving a talk about clocks in art at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery as part of our sponsorship of the Harrison's Garden art installation by internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram. The installation is part of the Musuems at Night festival. The installation involves over 1,000 clocks and is open daily from 27th October 2015 until 31st October 2015.

Teignmouth Harbour (FS28/413) by local artist Thomas Luncy (1759-1837) did particularly
        well going under the hammer for £14,000.

Autumn 2015 Fine Art Auction Review (Published October 2015)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the top lots from the Autumn 2015 Fine Art Auction held in Exeter at the South West of England Saleroom Complex in October 2015. There was no doubt that the John Constable Oil Sketch was the top lot achieving £252,000 but many others did well achieving good results.

A close up of the label with the inscription 'L.B.C. Oct. 8th 1810' visible that
        greatly increases the authenticity of the painting.

Important New Information about The Constable Painting (Published October 2015)

Daniel Goodard, Head of the Pictures Department, announces important new information about the John Constable RA (1776-1837) painting entitled Landscape with Horses that is being auctioned on 6th October 2015 that further enhances its provenance and authenticity.

Video: A pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose 'Phoenix' bowls narrated by Nic
        Saintey.

Chinese Porcelain Famille Rose 'Phoenix' Bowls (Published September 2015)

VIDEO: Nic Saintey, Head of the Ceramics and Glassware Department, talks in this 2m16s video about a pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose 'Phoenix' bowls, which will be offered in our forthcoming Autumn 2015 Fine Sale.

Video: John Constable RA (1776-1837) - Landscape with Horses, narrated by Martin
        Scadgell.

John Constable - Landscape with Horses (Published September 2015)

VIDEO: Martin Scadgell of the Pictures Department talks about the Oil Sketch by John Constable RA (1776-1837), which will be offered for auction on 6th October 2015 at our South West of England Saleroom Complex in Exeter.

A George III Mahogany Sideboard Table (FS28/940), which is believed to have been
        made for the dining room at Rockbeare Manor to a design or possibly from the workshop
        of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), carries a pre-sale estimate of £20,000-£30,000.

Fine Art and Period Furniture from Rockbeare Manor (Published September 2015)

Chris Hampton, Managing Director, previews some of the exciting period furniture and fine art from Rockbeare Manor near Exeter, which is being offered in our Autumn 2015 Fine Sale in Exeter. The selected items include a George III dining room table to a design or possibly from the workshop of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) as well as a painting with full attribution to Gabriele Ricciardelli (1740–1790) amongst many other pieces.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are pleased to be sponsoring the Michaelmas Fair
        at Powderham Castle in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity on 5th November 2015. Martin McIlroy and Lucy Marles will be on hand to provide free verbal valuations
        on jewellery, watches, silver and items of militaria.

Valuations at Michaelmas Fair (Published September 2015)

Martin McIlroy and Lucy Marles will be providing free valuations at the Michaelmas Fair being held at Powderham Castle, the home of The Rt Hon The Earl and Countess of Devon, on 5th November 2015. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are sponsoring the event that is being held in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity.

An Extensive Italianate River Landscape (FS28/360) by Gabriele Ricciardelli (fl
        1745-1777) from the Rockbeare Manor Collection is being offered with an estimate
        of £15,000-£20,000 in the Autumn 2015 Fine Sale in Exeter, with several online bidding platforms available to Internet-based buyers.

Autumn 2015 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published September 2015)

Rachel Littlewood previews what promises to be a very exciting Autumn 2015 Fine Sale, with possibly the largest furniture section ever offered by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in a Fine Sale. A definite highlight will be the sale of oil sketch by world-renowned English artist John Constable RA (1776-1837), but with selected lots from Rockbeare Manor near Exeter and many other items across all sections of the sale, we are expecting some fierce bidding and no doubt some surprises in the South West of England Saleroom Complex in October 2015.

Ponies and Donkey in a Forest Clearing by John Constable (1776-1837), oil on canvas,
        24cm x 36cm.

Ponies and Donkey in a Forest Clearing by John Constable (1776-1837) (Published September 2015)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will be offering an oil painting by John Constable (1776-1837) with impeccable provenance in their Autumn 2015 Fine Art Auction. Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, provides more information about the painting, which will be auctioned on 6th October 2015 in Exeter and which carries a pre-sale estimate of £40,000-£60,000.

An untitled work by the late artist John Plumb (1927-2008) being offered in the
        Antiques & Interiors Sale on Tuesday, 4th August 2015 in Exeter.

Paintings by John Plumb (1927-2008) (Published July 2015)

The Picture Department has two large modern paintings by the artist John Plumb (1927-2008) in the Antiques & Interiors Sale on Tuesday, 4th August 2015.

A Rare Indian Mother of Pearl and Stone Casket (FS27/612) was the top-selling lot in the Summer 2015 Quarterly Fine Sale fetching
        £28,000.

July 2015 Fine Art Auction Review (Published July 2015)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the results of the Summer 2015 Quarterly Fine Sale held on 14th/15th July 2015 at the West Country Saleroom Complex in Exeter.

To be included in the Fine Picture Sale on 6th October 2015: John Constable RA (1776-1837)
        - Ponies and donkey in a forest clearing, oil on canvas, 24cm x 36cm.

John Constable (1776-1837) Oil Painting for Auction (Published July 2015)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to announce that they will be offering an oil painting by John Constable (1776-1837) with impeccable provenance in their Autumn 2015 Fine Art Auction.

Mary and David White at our July 2015 Fine Art Auction preview held at the West County Saleroom Complex in Exeter.

Summer Fine Art Auction Private View (Published July 2015)

The Summer 2015 Fine Art Auction Preview was a busy affair with many people travelling to Exeter to enjoy the fine art put out on display across our auction rooms in the West Country Saleroom Complex on what was a very pleasant summer's evening.

A Hermes Lady's 18ct White Gold and Diamond Mounted 'Cape Cod' Wristwatch (FS27/166)
        offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 14th July 2015 at our salerooms
        in Exeter, Devon.

July 2015 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published July 2015)

Rachel Littlewood has a good look at the many interesting lots on offer in the upcoming two day Fine Art Auction that is being held on 14th/15th July 2015 in the West Country Saleroom Complex in Exeter.

An Ice Pail From the Royal Service of the RY Victoria & Albert III, by Copeland
        (MA15/9) that is being offered in our Maritime Auction starting on 1st July 2015
        at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

July 2015 Maritime Auction Preview (Published June 2015)

Brian Goodison-Blanks, Head of the Maritime Department, previews the July 2015 Maritime Sale, which boasts an impressive array of maritime artefacts and nautical antiques. The specialist sale is one of the very few in the United Kingdom focussing purely on antiques of maritime interest and will be held at our Westcountry Saleroom Complex on 1st July 2015 in Exeter, the capital of this sea-faring region.

Spirals (2003), a screen print and collage by artist Sir Terry Frost (1915-2003), which will be offered
      for sale in the Picture Auction within our July 2015 Fine Sale on 14th July 2015. Its pre-sale estimate if £600-£900.

20th Century Prints – Simplicity, Colour and Line (Published June 2015)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, looks at some of the prints on offer in the upcoming July 2015 Fine Sale and notes their growth in value and reputation. All good in a contemporary interior!

Nic Saintey (Director), Chris Hampton (Managing Director) and Brian Goodison-Blanks
        (Senior Valuer) holding Basil Littlewood (the firm's canine mascot) awaiting
        the start of the run.

Michelmore Charity Run (Published June 2015)

Rachel Littlewood reports on the auction house's participation in the annual Michelmore Charity Run in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which saw all three of our team complete the run in times to be proud of, while being cheered on by Basil (the firm's canine mascot).

A pair of Stuart Devlin scent bottles (FS26/92), sold for £420.

Novelty Value (Published May 2015)

Silver expert Martin McIlroy looks at current trends in fine silver auctions noting the value in novelty and concludes that size matters and small is beautiful.

A rare .177 calibre lever-cocking air pistol, Lincoln Jefferies Type B model number 43 being offered in the Sporting and Collectors Auction on 12th August 2015.

Lincoln Jefferies .177 Air Pistol (Published May 2015)

Brian Goodison-Blanks has thrown up a very rare early model Lincoln Jeffries .177 Air Pistol, which will be auctioned in August 2015, while rummaging around on an appointment.

One of a number of pictures from the Studio Collection of the late St Ives artist
        Patricia Algar (1939-2013). Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will be selling some
        of her Studio Collection work on 27th May 2015.

Lights, Camera, Auction! (Published May 2015)

Bidders at our Westcountry saleroom complex in Exeter were treated to a sunny day and appearances of Raj Bisram and Charles Hanson while they filmed an edition of Antiques Road Trip at our regular Antiques and Interiors Auction.

One of a number of pictures from the Studio Collection of the late St Ives artist
        Patricia Algar (1939-2013). Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will be selling some
        of her Studio Collection work on 27th May 2015.

Sale of Part of the Studio Collection of
Patricia Algar (1939-2013) (Published May 2015)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, recounts the life of the late St Ives based artist Patricia Algar (1939-2013) ahead of the sale of part of her studio collection on 27th May 2015, which includes works covering her entire career.

Bob Payne, winner of the Call My Bluff Quiz held in support of Kingsbridge and Salcombe
        Macmillan Cancer Support Group with Daniel Goddard (right) and event organiser Julie
        Thompson.

Kingsbridge and Salcombe Macmillan Cancer Support Group (Published May 2015)

Chris Hampton, Daniel Goddard and Nic Saintey recently hosted a Call My Bluff Quiz that raised in excess of £900 for Macmillan Cancer Support at Stokenham in the South Hams.

A very important manuscript in the hand of Lieut Col Robert Batty of the 1st Regiment
        of Life Guards relating to the Battle of Waterloo will be offered in our Antiquarian
        Book Sale (BK14) in the bi-centennial year of the famous battle on 26th August 2015,
        which will have live online bidding available.

Important Waterloo Manuscript (Published May 2015)

Richard Bearne, Chairman and Head of the Books Department, writes about an important manuscript that contains a first hand account of the Battle of Waterloo by a senior officer that will be offered in our next auction of manuscripts in August 2015. The manuscript is particularly poignant as June 2015 will be the bi-centenary of the famous battle.

The spendid Council Chamber in Exeter's historic Grade I listed Guildhall was the setting for the Call My Bluff quiz, which raised money
        for the Lord Mayor's charity: the Exeter Leukemia Fund (ELF).

ELF Charity Quiz at Exeter Guildhall (Published May 2015)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood were delighted to run a Call My Bluff fund raising quiz in aid of the Exeter Leukemia Fund (ELF) at Exeter Guildhall on 31st March 2015 as part of its ongoing charitable work.

Dan Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, Francis Mallett and John Paul Somerville.

Lenkiewicz Legacy Sale Private View (Published April 2015)

The Private View for the Lenkiewicz Legacy Sale was an opportunity for those present to view some major oil paintings by the late Robert Lenkiewicz as well as a range of other artefacts associated with the renowned Plymouth artist.

Exeter's Lord Mayor, Percy Prouse, Lady Mayoress Elaine Prowse and Brian Goodison-Blanks
        with a cinnabar laquer bowl at the private view of the April 2015 Fine Art Auction
        held in Exeter on 17th April 2015.

April 2015 Fine Art Auction Private View (Published April 2015)

The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Percy Prouse and the Lady Mayoress, Elaine Prowse, attended the Private View on 17th April 2015 of the April 2015 Fine Art Auction. The reception was held at our Westcountry Saleroom Complex in Exeter. The event gave invited guests the opportunity to examine the many examples of fine art in the auction while enjoying sparkling wine and canapes.

The star lot of the April 2015 Fine Sale was a Chinese Red Cinnabar Lacquer 'Dragon' Box and Cover (FS26/733), which realised
        £44,000 after fierce bidding between telephone and Internet bidders at our saleroom complex in Exeter, Devon.

April 2015 Fine Art Auction Review (Published April 2015)

Rachel Littlewood reviews what was an exciting fine sale with the auction witnessing several fierce bidding battles from those in the room and those competing over the telephone and the Internet. There were many surprises throughout the auction, which was spread over two days at the Westcountry Saleroom Complex in Exeter.

Autumn Morning, Windermere (FS26/498), a watercolour by the artist Alfred Heaton
        Cooper (1864-1929) fetched much more than expected, realising £2,500.

Alfred Heaton Cooper (1864-1929) - Not just 'a highly acclaimed Victorian artist' (Published April 2015)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, surprised by the good results achieved for the two watercolours by Alfred Heaton Cooper (1864-1029), concludes that the artist was not just 'a highly acclaimed Victorian artist'.

A 17th Century Carved Oak Three Tier Buffet (FS26/892) offered in our Two Day Fine
        Art Sale starting on 21st April 2015 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Westcountry Fine Art Auction Preview (Published April 2015)

Chris Hampton, Managing Director and Head of the Furniture Department, previews the fine furniture in the upcoming Quarterly Fine Art Auction at our Westcountry Saleroom Complex in Exeter. The quality furniture ranges from the 17th Century to the 20th Century.

The Raswan Index and Handbook For Arabian Breeders (BK13/262) by Carl Raswan (1893-1966) sold for £1,800 in the Spring 2015
        Antiquarian Book Auction, which includes books, maps and prints.

Antiquarian Book Auction Review (Published April 2015)

Richard Bearne, Chairman and Head of the Books Department, reviews some of the interesting lots sold in our March 2015 Antiquarian Book Auction. Bidders faced stiff competition for several lots and a number of items far exceeded their pre-sale estimates.

A Leather Foot Stool in the Form of an Elephant, retailed by Liberty (FS26/990)
        which is being offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 21st April 2015
        at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Westcountry Fine Art Auction Preview (Published April 2015)

Rachel Littlewood previews the upcoming Quarterly Fine Art Auction at our Westcountry Saleroom Complex in Exeter, for which we will also be accepting live online bids from the Internet via several platforms. The sale has an impressive array of fine art on offer and is set to deliver an exciting couple of days of bidding.

The Eames Lounge Chair (FS26/998) is considered to be one of the greatest design
        pieces of the 20th century.

Fine Art Auction Preview (Published March 2015)

Brian Goodison-Blanks has a look at some of the 20th century furniture in the upcoming April 2015 Fine Art Auction on 21st/22nd April 2015 while reflecting on the deep knowledge and expertise of his fellow fine art specialists, which often leads single owner and lifetime collections to be sold through Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, such as the collection of 18th and 19th century children's ceramics that is being offered in the same sale.

Diogenes and Belle at Prayer with Chairs (SF20/110) by the artist Robert Lenkiewicz
        (1941-2002) offered in our The Lenkiewicz Legacy Sale on 28th March 2015 at our
        salerooms in Exeter and online.

The Lenkiewicz Legacy Sale – An Opportunity in the 21st Century (Published March 2015)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, previews The Lenkiewicz Legacy Sale that is being held on Saturday, 28th March 2015 in Exeter with Live Online Bidding. The auction offers an exciting new opportunity to buy from a carefully selected group of paintings and artwork by the late Robert Lenkiewicz.

The Dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington by Lt Col John Gurwood (BK13/132)
        offered in our Books, Maps and Prints Sale starting on 11th March 2015 at our salerooms
        in Exeter, Devon.

Antiquarian Book Auction: The Battle of Waterloo (Published March 2015)

Richard Bearne, Chairman and Head of the Books Department, writes about events around the Battle of Waterloo whose bicentenary is celebrated this year and explores the links with that conflict in the upcoming Antiquarian Book Auction.

An Imperial German Officers Pickelhaube with Hanoverian Field Artillery Wappen (SC20/359), which is being sold in the
        Sporting and Collectors Sale on 25th/26th February 2015 in our Exeter salerooms and online through our live bidding platform partners.

Sporting and Collectors Auction (Published February 2015)

Brian Goodison-Blanks highlights some of the militaria lots on offer in the upcoming Sporting and Collectors Sale on 25th/26th February 2015 focussing on the Picklehaube and Merryweather helmets, which actually share the same origins in 16th/17th century French heavy cavalry helmets.

The Painter with Mary in Newspaper Magi-Fool's Hats by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002),
        also known as 'Paper Crowns', carries a pre-sale estimate of between £30,000 and
        £50,000.

Lenkiewicz Legacy Sale (Published February 2015)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to announce The Lenkiewicz Legacy Sale on Saturday, 28th March 2015 at Noon, which will see important works of the late Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) sold to support The Lenkiewicz Foundation's objective of establishing a Lenkiewicz Museum on the Barbican in Plymouth.

The very large Turkish Carpet (FS25/751) was fiercely thought over by telephone
        and internet bidders and finally realised £15,000 at our Westcountry Saleroom Complex
        in Exeter.

Westcountry Fine Art Auction Review (Published January 2015)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the January 2015 Fine Art Auction, which saw fierce competition from telephone and internet bidders alike for a large Turkish carpet that finally succumbed to a winning bid of £15,000.

The period furniture auction includes an unusual Regency X frame stool (FS25/791)
        designed by Thomas Hope, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

Westcountry Fine Furniture Auction Preview (Published January 2015)

Christopher Hampton, Managing Director and Head of the Furniture Department, has a look at the wide variety of fine furniture and carpets on offer in the Winter 2015 Fine Sale. Items from a very large Turkish carpet, through country furniture to thoroughly contemporary furniture feature in the first major sale of 2015.

Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929) - Off Falmouth, A Barque at Anchor with a Tug in Attendance
        (FS25/364) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 27th January 2015 at
        our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Maritime Painting by Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929) (Published January 2015)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, previews the maritime painting by Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929) believed to have been conceived and sketched on French brigantine 'Julie of Nantes', which is to be sold in our January 2015 Fine Art Sale.

A Chinese Blue-glazed Vase, Cong (FS25/487) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale
        starting on 27th January 2015 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Fine Art Auction Preview (Published January 2015)

Rachel Littlewood looks forward to the first Fine Art Auction of 2015 by previewing just some of the exciting lots on offer. The two day sale starts on Tuesday, 27th January 2015 in our South West of England auction complex.

A Winter snow scene (FS25/367) by the painter Herbert Ivan Babbage (1875-1916; New
        Zealand), which will be offered in our first fine sale in January 2015.

Seasons Greetings (Published December 2014)

Richard Bearne, Chairman of Westcountry Fine Art Auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Brian Goodison-Blanks with Tim Wonnacott at last year's Bargain Hunt held in our
        salerooms.

Bargain Hunt (Published December 2014)

Brian Goodison-Blanks provides a heads up about the upcoming Antiques and Interiors Auction taking place at our Exeter Salerooms on 9th December 2014, which will see Tim Wonnacott and the BBC Bargain Hunt team filming on the day. There is a lot on offer in the sale, making it a good auction for novice bidders to attend. There is also much that might appeal to students!

The Elderberry Gatherers (FS24/292) by Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899) sold in Exeter
        for £11,000 during the Autumn 2014 Fine Art Sale.

Fine Picture Auction Review (Published November 2014)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, reviews the fine pictures sold in the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale at the end of October 2014, noting the trend away from Victorian pictures towards 20th Century British Art, particularly art from the Post War period.

The star lot of the entire sale was a Cotswold School walnut secretaire cabinet
        (FS24/868) produced by Peter Waals (1870-1937), fetching £34,000.

Fine Sale Review (Published October 2014)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the star lots that went under the hammer in the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale in the South West of England Auction Complex in Exeter over a two day period. The highest price was for the Peter Waals (1870-1937) Secretaire Cabinet realising £34,000.

A white fibreglass ball chair (FS24/867) from the 1960s has already attracted lots
        of attention. The model is renowned for appearing in the cult TV series The Prisoner.
        This example is expected to fetch £400-£600.

Fine Furniture Auction Preview (Published October 2014)

Chris Hampton, Managing Director and Head of the Furniture Department, looks at the wide range of furniture on offer in the upcoming Autumn 2014 Fine Sale, with furniture to meet all tastes. There is a good selection of period furniture from 18th century onwards as well as some exciting contemporary furniture, including a ball chair dating from the Swinging Sixties that conjurs up such cult TV series as The Prisoner.

An Arts and Crafts influence silver bowl made by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co
        in London in 1905 (FS24/19) is inviting bids of £800-£1,000 in our two day Autumn
        2014 Fine Sale being held at our Westcountry saleroom complex in Exeter, starting
        on 28th October 2014.

Westcountry Fine Art Auction (Published October 2014)

Rachel Littlewood casts an eye over the forthcoming Autumn 2014 Fine Sale at our Westcountry saleroom complex in Exeter. The sale promises a wide range of lots with examples of fine antique silver dating from 17th century; some stunning jewellery and watches; an exciting selection of pictures from diverse artists such Birket Foster and Lenkiewicz; an array of fine antique glassware and ceramics; as well as some lovely period furniture.

Twinkle Toes (FS24/236), an iconic study by artist Beryl Cook (1926-2008) carries
        a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000.

A Season of Picture Sales (Published October 2014)

Daniel Goddard previews a busy six weeks for the Pictures Department with three picture sales being auctioned. The first is a Selected Pictures auction, which is followed by a charity auction in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Michelmores Solicitors in Exeter culminating in the major picture auction of the Autumn 2014 Fine Sale.

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Art4Macmillan Charity Auction (Published October 2014)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to be supporting Michelmore Solicitors raise money in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support by auctioning a selection of works generously donated by a number of local artists on Friday, 17th October 2014.

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Valuations at Michaelmas Fair (Published September 2014)

Brian Goodison-Blanks and Lucy Marles will be providing free valuations at the Michaelmas Fair being held at Powderham Castle, the home of The Rt Hon The Earl and Countess of Devon, on 6th November 2014. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are sponsoring the event that is being held in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity.

The Autumn 2014 Rare Book Sale has a real rarity in a 1897 first edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula (BK12/237), which carries
    a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£3,000.

Antiquarian Book Auction Preview (Published September 2014)

Richard Bearne previews the Autumn 2014 Antiquarian Book Auction, which includes the usual range of rare books, prints and maps. The sale is being held at the South West of England Auction Complex in Exeter with online bidding available on several platforms on 1st October 2014. A particular highlight is a rare first edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula, which is attracting bids of £2,000-£3,000.

An Early 20th Century Steiff Blonde Plush Bear 'Big Ted' (SC19/858) is being offered
        in the Sporting and Collectors Sale on 3rd/4th September 2014 with a pre-sale estimate
        of £1,000-£1,500.

Sporting and Collectors' Sale: Lions, Tigers and Bears! (Published August 2014)

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews the September 2014 Sporting and Collectors Sale that is being held in our Exeter salerooms on 3rd/4th September 2014 with live online bidding for those that cannot be at the auction in person. The sale has an even greater number of eclectic and unusual items on offer than usual, with considerable international interest already being shown, stiff competititon is expected over the two day auction.

Apartied by artist Bill Mitchell (1934-2013) carries a pre-sale estimate of £200-£400
        in Sale EX107 on 29th July 2014 in Exeter.

Bill Mitchell (1934-2013): War, World Affairs, Politics and Equality (Published July 2014)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, writes that war, world affairs, politics and equality were major influences in the work of the artist Bill Mitchell (1934-2013). A small collection of his artworks will be sold in Exeter on Tuesday, 29th July 2014.

A Chinese porcelain bowl (FS23/336) of finely potted circular form with hidden decoration,
        the white body incised with a pair of dragons chasing pearls, having a six character
        Yongzheng mark in concentric circles, sold for £56,000 after fierce bidding.

South West of England Summer 2014 Fine Auction Review (Published July 2014)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the Summer 2014 Fine Sale, which proved to have many surprises in store. The two day sale held in our South West of England saleroom complex saw fierce bidding between Internet and telephone bidders from around the world as well as those present in the auction rooms themselves.

The first of a pair of paintings of kittens by Frederick French (1883-1916) that
    sold in our salerooms for £480 in April 2014 (FS22/396).

Summer 2014 Period Furniture Auction Preview (Published July 2014)

Chris Hampton, Managing Director and Head of the Furniture Department, previews the period furniture on offer in the Summer 2014 Fine Art Sale, which is being held on 8th/9th July 2014 at our Exeter saleroom complex.

The first of a pair of paintings of kittens by Frederick French (1883-1916) that
    sold in our salerooms for £480 in April 2014 (FS22/396).

Now Now Pet! - Animal Paintings for Sale (Published July 2014)

Daniel Goddard considers the subject of animal paintings while letting slip his theory that knowing your 'favourites' is good for your soul and revealing how smitten his colleague Rachel Littlewood is with her new kitten!

A Rolex Stainless Steel 'Oyster Perpetual 660ft 200m Submariner' Wristwatch (FS23/161)
        offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 8th July 2014 at our salerooms
        in Exeter, Devon.

Summer 2014 Fine Jewellery and Watch Auction Preview (Published June 2014)

Lucy Marles of the Jewellery and Watch Department previews some of the fine jewellery and wristwatches on offer in the Watch and Jewellery section of the Summer 2014 Fine Sale that is being held at our Westcountry auction complex in Exeter (and online with live bidding during the sale).

Josef Hoffman For the Wiener Werkstatte - A 'Gitterkorb' Two-handled Vase (FS23/100)
        offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 8th July 2014 at our salerooms
        in Exeter, Devon.

Summer 2014 Fine Silver Auction Preview (Published June 2014)

Martin McIlroy, Head of the Silver Department, previews the fine silver auction within the Summer 2014 Fine Sale, which is being held in Exeter with live bidding support on 7th/8th July 2014. The highlights include English, Dutch, Irish and Russian silver. There is also a vase by Joseff Hoffman that is expected to fetch four figures.

A Fine Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Phoenix and Chilong Vase (FS23/526) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 8th July 2014 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon is inviting offers between £5,000 and £7,000.

Summer 2014 Fine Sale Preview (Published June 2014)

Rachel Littlewood previews the two day Summer 2014 Fine Sale, which will be held at our South West of England saleroom complex in Exeter on 8th/9th July 2014. The sale has a wide range of fine art on offer, including a fine Chinese carved celadon jade phoenix and chilong vase and a major painting by the late Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002).

George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (1806-1884) - Queenstown, Cork, Picking Up the Pilot (MA14/231) offered in our Maritime Auction starting on 11th June 2014 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Summer 2014 Maritime Sale Preview (Published June 2014)

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews the next exciting Maritime Sale, which will be held at our Westcountry saleroom complex in Exeter on Wednesday, 11th June 2014. The lots on offer include a handwritten note by Admiral Lord Nelson and an impressive service medal collection for Admiral Sir George Willies Watson (1827-1897).

The George V Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to 2589 Private A Tabbet of 3rd
        Batallion, The Royal Fusiliers, which carries a pre-sale estimate of £500-£700.

Military Medal Auction (Published May 2014)

Brian Goodison-Blanks writes about an unexpected find of over 200 military medals from Waterloo to the Second World War, which it is hoped will fetch between £8,000-£10,000 at auction when they go under the hammer during our Autumn 2014 Sporting and Collectors Sale.

Martin McIlroy and Rachel Littlewood, with the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
        Spring 2014 Fine Sale catalogue, at the preview evening of the Spring Fine Sale.

Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction Private View (Published May 2014)

A quick photo journal of the Private View of the Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction held on Friday, 25th April 2014 at our West Country saleroom complex in Exeter, where guests were treated to sparkling wine and delicious canapés.

The top lot in the Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction was a Chinese gilt bottle vase that
        sold for £22,000 (FS22/686) in our Exeter salerooms in the South West of England.

South West Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction Review (Published May 2014)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the sale results for the three day Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction that was held at our Exeter saleroom complex in the South West of England. The exciting auction held quite a few surprises with a number of lots exceeding all expectations.

This stunning Chinese jade and silver mounted hand mirror (FS22/713) is being offered
        in the Works of Art Auction of the Spring 2014 Fine Sale and is inviting bids of
        between £4,000 and £6,000.

Spring 2014 Works of Art Auction Preview (Published April 2014)

Martin McIlroy, Head of the Works of Arts Department, takes a look at the wide variety of Works of Art lots from around the world that are included in the upcoming Spring 2014 Fine Sale.

The most important lot in the upcoming Fine Silver Auction within the Spring 2014
        Fine Sale (29th April 2014 - 1st May 2014; in Exeter and Online) is undoubtedly
        the rare silver Arts and Crafts Movement bowl (FS22/153) produced by Charles Robert
        Ashbee (1863-1942), which carries a pre-sale estimate of £8,000-£10,000.

Spring 2014 Fine Silver Auction Preview (Published April 2014)

Martin McIlroy, Head of the Silver Department, previews the silver on offer in the Spring 2014 Fine Sale that includes an important and rare silver Arts and Crafts Movement bowl by Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942) as well as an impressive Indian silver pedestal bowl and an 18th Century French silver rococo double salt, which both have already attracted considerable foreign interest.

This Regency Rosewood and Carved Giltwood Library Table (FS22/920) is inviting bids
        of between £5,000 and £7,000.

Spring 2014 Fine Furniture Auction Preview (Published April 2014)

Chris Hampton, Managing Director and Head of the Furniture Department, previews the extensive selection of furniture being offered in the period furniture auction of the Spring 2014 Fine Sale, which includes the third tranche of the Nye Furniture Collection.

Study of the Hut by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) (FS22/356) is being offered on
        29th April 2014 as part of Spring 2014 Fine Sale and is one of 26 Lenkiewicz pictures
        in the auction. The estimate for this rare Lenkiewicz landscape is £3,000-£5,000.

West Country Spring 2014 Fine Picture Auction Preview (Published April 2014)

Dan Goddard reviews the upcoming Picture Auction (within the West Country Spring 2014 Fine Sale) with works ranging from Old Master oils to Robert Lenkiewicz portraits.

The Painter with Lisa (FS22/357) by the late Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) is just one of more than a dozen
        paintings being offered online and in Exeter during our three day Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction on 29th/30th April 2014 and 1st May 2014.

South West Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published April 2014)

Rachel Littlewood previews the three day Spring 2014 Fine Art Auction, which is being held in Exeter (with live Internet bidding) on 29th/30th April 2014 and 1st May 2014. The auction has over 1,000 lots with a significant number of Lenkiewicz paintings and some very interesting furniture and works of art on offer, together with a rare arts and crafts movement piece of silver by Charles Robert Ashbee. There is also a good selection of jewellery and watches and some exciting ceramics. Certainly, not a fine sale to be missed!

An auction room in our Westcountry saleroom complex.

Free Bournemouth (Dorset) Fine Art and Antiques Valuation Visits (Published April 2014)

We are making appointments for free home visits, valuations and advice for selling fine art and antiques at auction on Wednesday, 14th May 2014 in the Bournemouth area of Dorset. Please call (01392) 413100 to make an appointment.

A wall cabinet constructed from the timbers and copper of HMS Foudroyant is estimated at between £5,000 and £7,000 and 
        will be auctioned in the Maritime Sale on 11th June 2014.

Nelson and Bonaparte: The Continuing Rivalry (Published March 2014)

Brian Goodison-Blanks, Head of the Maritime and Sporting Department, relishes another battle between the formidable protagonists of Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson and Napoleon Bonaparte - this time in our salerooms in Exeter and live over the Internet on 11th June 2014.

A pair of 16th Century Italian thrones that will be offered in the three day Spring
        2014 Fine Art Auction on 29th/30 April 2014 and 1st May 2014, which will be available
        live online.

16th Century Italian Thrones Consigned for Sale (Published March 2014)

Chris Hampton, Managing Director and Head of the Furniture Department, is excited by the consignment of a pair of 16th Century Italian thrones to the Spring 2014 Fine Sale and wonders whether they were originally made for a royal or aristocratic family or as part of a larger set for a cathedral chapter.

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Charles Stanley (Published March 2014)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to announce that Charles Stanley will be sponsoring the private views for our fine sales during 2014.

A self-portrait by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), which is being offered in our
        Exeter salerooms in April 2014 as one of more than a dozen pictures by the artist.

Lenkiewicz Revisited (Published February 2014)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, reviews how the market for paintings by the late Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) has fared since the last Lenkiewicz Studio Sale six years ago, as the prospect of auctioning more than a dozen pictures by the artist in the Spring Fine Sale in April 2014 looms.

The Herefordshire Pomona (by Robert Hogg and Henry Graves Bull) with its coloured figures and descriptions of the most esteemed kinds of apples and pears in two volumes with 77 chromo-lithograph plates is expected to
    realise around £3,000-4,500 in the first antiquarian book sale of the year.

Antiquarian Book Auction Preview (Published February 2014)

Richard Bearne previews the upcoming Antiquarian Book Auction, which has the usual broad and exciting range of entries. The sale will be held at our Exeter Salerooms on 19th March 2014.

The Sporting & Collectors' Auction being held at our Westcountry Saleroom Complex
        in Exeter on Wednesday, 19th February 2014 with Live Online Bidding has a strong
        railway theme and promises a lot for modelling enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Model Railway Auction Preview (Published February 2014)

Martin McIlroy has a quick look at the railway models in our next Sporting and Collectors' Auction with names like Bassett Lowke, Hornby, Exley, Bachman and Wrenn featuring strongly in what promises to be an exciting sale at our newly extended Westcountry Auction Room Complex.

A pair of George III carved mahogany pier tables (FS21/901) exceeded all expectations
        to achieve £26,500 after fierce international bidding over the telephone and via
        the Internet.

Winter 2014 Fine Art Auction Attracts International Attention (Published January 2014)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the Winter 2014 Fine Art Sale, which from the outset was extremely busy in terms of interest from around the world in the items on offer. The two day sale itself was frentic with several lots exceeding expectations, many eventually succumbing after fierce international bidding over the telephone or via the Internet.

Guests at the Private View for the Winter 2014 Westcountry Fine Art Sale eagerly
        await a preview of some of the more important lots in the auction, presented
        by Andrew Thomas.

Westcountry Fine Art Auction Private View (Published January 2014)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood were delighted to welcome guests to the newly completed South West of England Auction Centre in Exeter for a private view of their Winter 2014 Fine Art Sale.

The Penrose Irish Shell Cabinet (FS21/914), which is being offered for sale in the period furniture auction of our Winter 2014 Fine Sale, with a pre-sale estimate of £8,000-£10,000.

Period Furniture Auction Preview (Published January 2014)

Christopher Hampton casts his eye over the exciting and diverse range of period furniture being offered in the Winter 2014 Fine Sale, which covers everything from the Regency period through to 20th Century.

A Mid 19th Century gold, diamond and turquoise enamal mounted bracelet, which is being offered in the 2014 Winter Fine Sale as part of the jewellery auction (FS21/458).

Winter 2014 Fine Auction Jewellery Preview (Published January 2014)

Richard Bearne previews the interesting and varied fine jewellery on offer in the upcoming Winter 2014 Fine Sale, which will be held at the newly extended salerooms in Exeter as well as online via Live Internet Bidding.

Detail of the Pen and Rose rebus that features on a Waterford glass and decanter (FS21/458).

Waterford Glass (Published January 2014)

Nic Saintey, Head of Ceramics and Glass, writes about the internationally significant collection of Waterford Glass (which has provenance of direct descent from the founding Penrose family) that will be auctioned in the forthcoming Winter 2014 Fine Art Auction.

A Waterford glass decanter and stopper (FS21/458) from an internationally significant collection of Waterford glassware with provenance of direct descent
        from the founding Penrose family is on offer in this sale that has Internet live bidding.

Winter 2014 Fine Art Auction Preview (Published January 2014)

Rachel Littlewood previews the Winter 2014 Fine Art Auction, which will be the first to be held in the newly extended South West of England saleroom complex in Exeter. The sale has many exciting lots on offer, including an internationally significant collection of Waterford glass and previously undocumented pottery and paintings by Charlotte Rhead and other members of her family.

Tim Wonnacott of the BBC's Bargain Hunt series shares a joke with Brian Goodison-Blanks during filming of a recent episode
        at our Honiton salerooms.

Review of the Final Sale at Honiton (Published December 2013)

The final sale to be held at our Honiton salerooms before the business is moved into our recently extended South West of England auction complex in Exeter was a roaring success. The auction included the Castle Hill Attic Sale, which proved exciting, as did the presence of Bargain Hunt and its presenter Tim Wonnacott.

A selection of ceramics, paintings, sketches and ephemera from the Rhead-Cronin
        Collection.

The Rhead-Cronin Collection (Published November 2013)

Two departments at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are currently on a voyage of discovery as they catalogue the Rhead-Chronin Collection for two upcoming sales. The collection contains a selection of ceramics, paintings, sketches and ephemera produced by various members of the Rhead family with direct provenance to them and includes many patterns and pieces previously unrecorded.

A small selection of the many lots on offer from the attics at Castle Hill in North
        Devon, the home of the Earl and Countess of Arran.

The Castle Hill Attic Sale (Published November 2013)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to have received instructions to auction over 100 surplus items from the attics at Castle Hill (the home of the Earl and Countess of Arran) following their recent reorganisation. The auction will be held at our Honiton salerooms on Tuesday, 10th December 2013.

An Early 19th Century Satinwood, Mahogany Banded and Inlaid Carlton House Writing
        Desk (FS18/888) offered in our April 2013 Fine Art Sale realised £5,000.

Furniture Auctions Review 2013 (Published November 2013)

Christopher Hampton, Managing Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood and Head of the Furniture Department, looks back at the furniture highlights of 2013, which include a pair of George III furniture urns attributable to Thomas Chippendale that sold for £350,000 in our salerooms in Exeter.

A still life of garden flowers by the artist Winifred Nicholson (FS20/520) realised
        £20,000 in the fine picture auction of our Autumn 2013 Fine Sale.

Excellent Sale Results in the latest Picture Auction (Published November 2013)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, reports on the excellent results achieved in the recent picture auction, which saw a painting by Franz Richard Unterberger realise £25,000 as well as several others in excess of £20,000.

The sale had some unusual items of furniture as illustrated by this Victorian rosewood safe by S Mordan & Co (SF19/1278) that sold for £1,400 during the auction.

Nye Furniture Auction Review (Published October 2013)

The sale of the second part of the Nye Furniture Collection on 25th October 2013 in Honiton immediately followed two frantic days of selling in Exeter as part of the Autumn 2013 Fine. The Honiton auction offered a select sale of furniture and saw some good prices on the day.

Riders on the Shore (FS20/408) painted by the ever popular artist Heywood Hardy
        (1842-1933) was one of the auction highlights of the sale, realising £22,000.

Autumn 2013 Fine Art Auction Review (Published October 2013)

Rachel Littlewood of leading Westcountry Fine Art Auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood reviews the Autumn 2013 Fine Art Auction that saw intense Internet and telephone bidding at the firm's new South West of England Centre of Auction Excellence, which kept the the sale running until 7:30pm on the second day.

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.

Silver Auction and Works of Art Auction Previews (Published October 2013)

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.

An Art Deco Birds Eye Maple Twin Tambour Fronted Cocktail Cabinet (SF19/1297) offered
        in our Sale of the Nye Furniture Collection (Part II) starting on 25th October 2013
        at our salerooms in Honiton, Devon.

Nye Furniture Auction II Preview (Published October 2013)

The second sale of the Nye Furniture Collection will not fail to live up to the expectations created by the first sale. Again, this sale has a range of interesting furniture and other effects. The sale will be held on Friday, 25th October 2013 in Honiton as the last of three days of intensive selling across our salerooms, which will have started in Exeter with our Two Day Fine Sale.

ABF The Soldiers Charity Logo

Jewellery Valuations at Michaelmas Fair (Published October 2013)

Jethro Marles, Head of the Jewellery Department, will be providing free valuations at the Michaelmas Fair being held at Powderham Castle, the home of The Rt Hon The Earl and Countess of Devon, on 7th November 2013. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are sponsoring the event that is being held in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity.

A Sapphire and Diamond Mounted Oval Cluster Ring (FS20/286) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 23rd October 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Fine Sale Jewellery Auction Preview (Published October 2013)

Richard Bearne previews the Jewellery auction that forms part of the Autumn 2013 Fine Sale, which has a good selection of fine jewellery, ranging from impressive rings to wrist watches and amber necklaces, with the earliest piece dating from the 16th century.

The Gulf of Salerno, possibly Positano on All Saints' Day (FS20/473) by the artist
        Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1901) is being offered in the pictures auction of
        the October 2013 Fine Art Sale with an estimate of £25,000-£35,000.

Autumn 2013 Fine Sale Preview (Published October 2013)

The Autumn 2013 Fine Sale is one of the largest quarterly fine art auctions that Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood has offered and promises much excitement. The sale will be auctioneed in the much enlarged premises at St Edmund's Court in Exeter, which now serves as a Centre of Auction Excellence in the South West of England.

A pair of Clarice Cliff Autumn Balloon Trees candlesticks (FS13/360), circa 1932,
        which realised £580 in pottery auction of our January 2012 Fine Sale.

Clarice Cliff - Art Deco Queen or Clown? (Published August 2013)

Nic Saintey, Head of the Glass and Ceramics Department, considers the work of Art Deco potter Clarice Cliff and her iconic pottery that just seems to capture the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s.

The Colt Navy 1851 six-shot revolver that is being offered in the September 2013 Sporting
        and Collectors Sale is attracting considerable pre-sale interest with its estimate
        of £2,000-£3,000.

Sporting and Collectors Sale Preview (Published August 2013)

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews the upcoming Sporting and Collectors Sale, which will be held in Honiton in Devon. The sale has some fine antique firearms, weapons and armour as well as many toys, dolls and teddybears. Live online bidding will be available for this auction.

The St Edmund's Court building that Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are expanding
        into will provide office space for the specialist fine art departments, freeing
        up space in the existing building to extend the existing salerooms and add a further
        large auction room.

A Centre of Auction Excellence (Published August 2013)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are excited to announce that they are greatly expanding their saleroom facilities in Exeter to form a centre of auction excellence, having acquired the remainder of St Edmund's Court in Okehampton Street in Exeter for the purpose.

 A Chinese Bronze Censer (FS19/521) was secured by a Chinese Internet bidder
        for £5,000 in our Two Day Summer Fine Art Sale held at our salerooms in Exeter,
        Devon.

Chinese, Indian and Russian Art Buyers Lead the Way! (Published July 2013)

Martin McIlroy reviews the Silver and Works of Art in the recent Fine Sale and notes that in the current world economic situation, it is the Chinese, Indian and Russian art buyers who are leading the way.

The Cup that Cheers by Heywood Hardy (1842-1933) realised £18,000 during the fine picture auction in July 2013 (FS19/231).

Good Results in Picture Auction (Published July 2013)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, reviews the good results achieved in the July 2013 picture auction (held as part of our Summer Fine Sale), which showed plenty of very encouraging signs in terms of pre-sale interest and the high percentage of lots finding buyers.

Perhaps the star lot in the sale is this humorous handwritten letter by Welsh poet
        Dylan Thomas dating from 1948.

August 2013 Antiquarian Book Auction Preview (Published July 2013)

Richard Bearne, Head of the Books and Manuscripts Department, has a sneak look at the broad range of books including written ephemera in the upcoming Antiquarian Book Auction on 21st August 2013, which will be held in Honiton with the usual online bidding platforms available for those further afield or unable to make it to the saleroom on the day.

Rod Pearce's 20th Century Rooms with a View (HO73/66) is being offered in our July
        2013 Selected Picture Auction being held on 23rd July 2013 at our salerooms in Honiton,
        Devon. This amusing view of St Ives in Cornwall carries a pre-sale estimate of £80-£120.

July 2013 Selected Pictures Auction Preview (Published July 2013)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Picture Department, previews the upcoming July 2013 Selected Pictures Auction that has a good mix of pictures ranging from 18th century engravings through to some more modern art.

The set of Victorian pharmacy cabinets by John Curtis & Sons of Leeds was not
        only the largest lot but also the top selling lot of the fine furniture auction, realising £4,500 (SF18/1056).

Nye Furniture Auction I Review (Published July 2013)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the results of the Nye Furniture Auction (Part I), which sold the first part of the Nye Furniture Collection and was held in Honiton on 5th July 2013. A further auction to sell the collection will be held on 25th October 2013.

The top lot in the Jewellery auction of the Summer Fine Sale was this beautiful
        single stone diamond ring that relaised £20,200 (FS19/167a).

Diamonds are Forever (Selling at Auction)! (Published July 2013)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the Summer 2013 Fine Sale held in Exeter on 3rd/4th July 2013 that saw the diamond jewellery in the auction achieve some dazzling results, proving that Diamonds are Forever (selling at auction)!

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are sponsoring the private view of the 'Masters of
        the Moor: William and FJ Widgery' exhibition, organised by the Royal Albert Memorial
        Museum (RAMM), which opens on 6th July 2013 and runs to 27th July 2013.

Masters of the Moor: William and FJ Widgery (Published June 2013)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are sponsoring the private view of the 'Masters of the Moor: William and FJ Widgery' exhibition, organised by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), which opens on 6th July 2013 and runs to 27th July 2013.

Boucheron. A Sapphire and Diamond Cluster Ring (FS19/168) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 3rd July 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Sapphires - More than Meets the Eye! (Published June 2013)

Richard Bearne previews some of the jewellery containing sapphires in the upcoming fine jewellery auction within the Summer Fine Sale and notes that there is more to sapphires than meets the eye...

An early 19th century oak dresser (SF18/1002) from The Nye Collection. The Nye Collection
        is being dispersed over two sales, the first of which is being held in Honiton in
        Devon on 5th July 2013. The second sale will be in October 2013.

Nye Fine Furniture Auction I Preview (Published June 2013)

Rachel Littlewood previews the first of two sales dispersing the Nye Furniture Collection. The Nye Collection of Fine Furniture was built up by the late Paul Nye. The July 2013 sale comprises the first 137 lots to be offered and will be held at our Honiton Salerooms with full online bidding support. The second auction will be in October 2013.

A single-stone diamond ring that is being offered in the Summer Fine Art Auction, which is
    being held in Exeter, the capital of the South West of England. The ring carries a pre-sale estimate of
    £8,000-£12,000 (FS19/167a).

Fine Art Auction Preview (Published June 2013)

Rachel Littlewood previews the Summer Fine Art Auction, which is being held in Exeter on 3rd/4th July 2013. There is a wide range of items on offer, which will attract interest from around the globe.

An Adam and Eve delft charger, probably London delft, circa 1720-40 (FS17/105), from the Tryhorn Collection, which sold for £1,300 in January 2013.

English (Bristol & London) Delft - Would You Adam and Eve It! (Published June 2013)

Nic Saintey, Head of the Ceramics department, writes about the charms of English Delft, focusing on Adam and Eve chargers, particularly those made from London Delft or Bristol Delft.

A 19th Century reverse-glass silhouette picture of HMS Victory, set at anchor with
        standing and running rigging, in the company of other shipping, estimated at between
        £150 and £250 (MA13/217).

Maritime Auction - Nelson, HMS Victory and More! (Published May 2013)

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews the Maritime Auction, which will be held in Honiton on 12th June 2013 with live online bidding. The auction has several lots relating to Horatio Lord Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson and his flag ship HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, including Lord Nelson's signature on a set of Admiralty Orders.

A Pomeranian Cross and a Yellow Labrador in an interior, attributed to Lillian Cheviot
        (fl 1890-1930), which is being offered in our next major picture sale in July 2013.

Victorian and Traditional Pictures Looking Up! (Published May 2013)

The market for Victorian and Traditional pictures has recently started to rise, prompting Daniel Goddard to review some fine pictures from the last major fine art sale and ponder what might be in store for the growing group of 19th century pictures being offered in the next.

A lantern clock signed 'Richard Tracy fecit' (FS18/772) attracted considerable pre-sale attention and eventually succumbed to a bid of £3,200, in the
       antique clock auction held within the April 2013 Fine Sale.

Antique Clock Auction Review (Published May 2013)

Clock Consultant Leigh Extence reviews the results of the Antique Clock Auction held within the April 2013 Fine Sale, which saw considerable interest in two regulators, a particular lantern clock, several longcase clocks, a French clock garniture and a mantel clock by Sir John Bennett FRAS (1814-1897).

An Yixing teapot, modelled as squirrels emerging from a tree trunk, recently sold for £1,250 in our January 2013 Fine Sale (FS17/537).

Yixing Teapots (Published May 2013)

Ceramics expert Nic Saintey has noticed that the price of Chinese Yixing teapots at auction are rising rapidly as they become 'must have' items amongst Chinese ceramic collectors, with prices beginning to soar in recent months.

The Pair of George III Mahogany Pedestal Urns (FS18/813) that have caused a huge
        stir amongst Fine Furniture buyers around the world, realised £350,000.

George III Urns realise £350,000 and Other Results from Spring Fine Auction (Published April 2013)

Rachel Littlewood reports on the outcome of an exciting two days of selling that saw a pair of George III Mahogany Pedestal Urns, probably by Thomas Chippendale, reach a staggering £350,000 as well as several other big surprises.

White Relief 1954 by Wilhelmina Barns Graham (1912-2004) - one of the many 20th Century British paintings and sculptures that
        are being offered for auction in the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood April 2013 Fine Sale on 24th/25th April 2013 in Exeter
        and through the Internet with live online bidding.

20th Century British Painting and Sculptures for Auction (Published April 2013)

Daniel Goddard takes another look at the 20th Century British paintings and sculptures being offered in the April 2013 Fine Art Sale, which has seen his department flooded with enquiries. He also previews some of the other pictures included in the auction. The Fine Sale is definitely going to be exciting, with works by Paul Feiler, Ben Nicholson and Sir Terry Frost RA included in the auction.

Some of the restoration stock from Philip Andreade Antique's cabinet maker's workshop, which will be dispersed in
        a special auction at the Honiton salerooms on 26th April 2013.

Cabinet Maker's Workshop Sale (Published April 2013)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, the leading Westcountry fine art auctioneers based in Devon, have been instructed by Philip Andrade Antiques to disperse their remaining furniture restoration stock. A special Cabinet Maker's Workshop Sale is being held at the Honiton Salerooms on Thursday, 26th April 2013.

A matched pair of early Bow Porcelain Figures of fishsellers carry an estimate of between £2,000 and £3,000 (FS18/548).

April 2013 Fine Sale Ceramics Auction Preview (Published April 2013)

Nic Saintey, Head of the Ceramics Department, previews the ceramics being offered in the next two day Fine Art Auction on 24th/25th April 2013, which is being held in Exeter. The ceramics on offer are wide-ranging and promise an exciting sale.

A Pair of George III Mahogany Pedestal Urns (FS18/813) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 24th April 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Chippendale Furniture Urns for Auction (Published April 2013)

Chris Hampton, Managing Director and Head of the Furniture Department, previews the potential star lot of the April 2013 Fine Sale: a pair of George III Mahogany Pedestal Urns that can be justifiably described as Chippendale. The Georgian furniture urns carry a pre-sale estimate of between £120,000 and £160,000.

Gaydon, Barnstaple (Devon) - A Victorian Shop Regulator (FS18/776) offered in our Two Day
        Fine Art Sale starting on 24th April 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon. The timepiece carries a pre-sale estimate of between £3,000 and £4,000.

Shop Regulator made by Southwest Clockmaker for Auction (Published March 2013)

Clock consultant Leigh Extence writes about the Gaydon shop regulator that is being offered for auction in the antique clocks section of the April 2013 Fine Sale (which is being held in Exeter) and reveals some of the Southwest clockmaker's background, noting that John Gaydon hailed from a Westcountry family that produced no less than twenty-six recorded clockmakers and watchmakers.

A platinum and diamond two stone cross-over ring being offered in the Jewellery section of the April 2013 Fine Sale that carries
         a pre-sale estimate of between £15,000 and £18,000 (FS18/294).

Diamond Jewellery for Auction (Published March 2013)

The Jewellery section of the April 2013 Fine Sale includes a range of jewellery set with diamonds. The two day auction will take place in the Exeter salerooms of the West Country's leading auctioneers and will be accessible to an international audience through the use of live Internet bidding.

A painting by Alfred Wallis (1855-1942), estimated at between £7,000 and £10,000, being offered in our April 2013 Fine Art Auction.

20th Century British, Newlyn and St Ives Paintings for Auction (Published March 2013)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department, previews the fantastic array of 20th Century British painting on offer in our next Fine Art Auction in Exeter on 24th/25th April 2013, which includes significant Newlyn and St Ives school pictures.

The Family Bible of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (BK9/131) attracted some spirited bidding, which resulted in a hammer price of £5,500, in the recent Antiquarian and Rare Book Auction held in our Honiton Salerooms.

Antiquarian Book Auction attracts World-wide Interest (Published March 2013)

Richard Bearne, Head of the Books and Manuscripts Department, reviews the recent auction of antiquarian and rare books, manuscripts and maps that attracted interest from around the World.

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are offering this Deane Adams & Deane hammerless
        revolver (SC16/86) in their March 2013 Sporting and Collectors Sale, which will
        also have Internet Live Bidding support.

Preview of March 2013 Sporting and Collectors Auction (Published March 2013)

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews the upcoming Sporting and Collectors Sale, which will be held in our Honiton salerooms on 20th March 2013. The auction offers a good collection of antique firearms as well as Olympic Memorabilia and a wide and eclectic selection of other sporting and collectors lots.

Elmfield House in Dowell Street, Honiton: The former home of Thelma Hulbert (1913-1995)
        and now the location of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Thelma Hulbert Exhibition Valuation Day (Published March 2013)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are holding a special valuation day in conjunction with the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Dowell Street, Honiton as part of a special exhibition celebrating the centenary of the artist's birth in 1913. The Head of our Picture Department, Daniel Goodard, will be providing free valuation advice on pictures and prints on Thursday, 21st March 2013 as well as accepting entries for our next Fine Art Sale in April 2013.

The West Country was also represented in the Tryhorn Collection with this Champion's
        Bristol teapot selling for £1,900. (FS17/41).

Tryhorn Porcelain Collection Highlights - Bow, Champion, Chelsea and Plymouth's Cookworthy (Published February 2013)

Nic Saintey reviews the disperal of the Tryhorn Collection of early 18th century porcelain that went under the hammer in the January 2013 Fine Art Auction with every piece of the collection selling to achieve a combined total of just over £100,000.

Crossroads on a Country Road by Alan Cotton (b 1936) (EX63/140) is one of the strong
        selection of 20th Century British pictures being offered for sale by auction in
        Exeter on Tuesday, 26th February 2013.

20th Century Pictures for Auction (Published February 2013)

Daniel Goddard previews the Selected Picture Sale, which will be held in the Exeter salerooms on Tuesday, 26th February 2013. The auction has a strong selection of 20th Century pictures, including an oil by Alan Cotton, as well as works by Cedric Chater, Mary Martin and Charles Hardaker.

A French bronze and ormolu mantel clock, signed on the dial L'Echopié Jne à Paris, which was offered in
        the Clock Section of our Fine Art Auction in January 2013 and acheived £7,600. (FS17/742).

Antique Clock Popularity Proved at Auction (Published February 2013)

Leigh Extence, Clock Consultant, reviews the highlights from the Clock Section of the January 2013 Fine Art Auction held at our Exeter salerooms. The interest shown in the mantel, bracket and longcase clocks offered in this auction clearly demonstrates that clocks remain very popular with buyers at auction.

A pair of carved padouk upright display cabinets in the Chinese taste was the top
        lot in the January 2013 Fine Art Auction at Devon Auctioneers, Bearnes Hampton &
        Littlewood. The lot attracted fierce competition from eight telephone bidders and
        finally realised a stunning £36,000. (FS17/864).

Devon Auctioneers' Fine Art Auction Review (Published February 2013)

Rachel Littlewood reviews the January 2013 Fine Art Sale, which ran over three days in the Exeter salerooms in Devon from 29th January 2013 to 31st January 2013. The Devon-based auction attracted a lot of international attention and saw many lots exceed their estimates, resulting in a very successful sale.

A map of Wales by Jan Blaeu entitled 'Wallia Principatus Vulgo', which is being offered in the maps section of our first antiquarian book auction in Devon at our Honiton salerooms in February 2013.

Antiquarian Book Auction and Manuscript Sale Preview (Published January 2013)

Roger Collicott peruses some of the 17th century and 18th century manuscripts that form part of the upcoming antiquarian book auction and manuscript sale, which will be held at Honiton in Devon on Wednesday, 20th February 2013. The earlier documents have a strong connection with royalty. He also enjoys some of the literary lots and first editions that are in other sections of this specialist sale, which includes a number of antiquarian maps.

A Boxwood and Ebony Staunton Pattern Competition Chess Set produced by The British
        Chess Company, which is being offered in the Works of Art section of the January
        2013 Fine Art Sale. Estimate: £400-£600. (FS17/651).

Works of Art Auction Preview (Published January 2013)

Auctioneer Martin McIlroy previews the Works of Art on offer as part of the three day Fine Art Sale on 29th/30th/31st January 2013 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon. The sale, which will have Internet Live Bidding support from both our English and Chinese language partners, has already attracted strong interest from prospective bidders in the Far East, particularly China.

A 19th century English School Portrait of a young lady, estimated at between £250 and £350, which is attracting a lot of pre-sale attention. (FS17/363).

Auctioneer's Preview of Fine Picture Section of January 2013 Fine Sale (Published January 2013)

A number of fine art paintings in the three day fine day sale at the end of January 2013 have already generated considerable interest from buyers who have viewed the catalogue online.

An Elizabeth II five-piece tea and coffee service, which is being offered in our three day fine sale at the end of January 2013. (FS17/231).

Modern Silver Tea Ware (Published January 2013)

Martin McIlroy, Head of the Silver Department, reviews some of the impressive modern silverware being offered for auction in the upcoming three day Fine Sale on 29th/30th/31st January 2013 in Exeter that relates to a great British obsession...

A photograph of Bolton Abbey found in Hallewell's album, which is very likely by Roger Fenton.

A Cache of Photographs by Roger Fenton? (Published December 2012)

Daniel Goddard presents the case that a number of photographs found in an album belonging to Col Edmund Gilling Hallewell are actually taken by the founder of the Photographic Society, Roger Fenton, in 1854.

A Chantilly porcelain sugar bowl, matched cover and stand, part of the Tryhorn Collection, which is being offered for auction on 29th January 2013.

Tryhorn Collection - 18th Century Bow, St Cloud, Chantilly and Kakiemon Porcelain (Published November 2012)

Nic Saintey, Head of the Ceramics Department, writes about the upcoming sale of the important Tryhorn Collection of 18th century European porcelain, which also has some oriental ceramics. The collection is being offered in a special section of the January 2013 Fine Sale, which is being held in Exeter on 29th/30th/31st January 2013. Online bidding will be available for the sale allowing buyers from around the world to bid in what promises to be a very exciting sale.

Paul Feiler (b 1918), 'Cornish Harbour' signed and dated '53, oil on board, 48x72.5cm; which is being offered in our April 2013 Fine Art Sale. Estimate: £30,000-50,000.

Paintings by Paul Feiler and Other Artists for Auction (Published December 2012)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the busy Picture Department, looks forward to the start of 2013 with important 20th Century British, Newlyn and St Ives paintings already consigned to Fine Art and Specialist Sales well into the coming year.

An autograph album containing signatures of crew of the Terra Nova Expedition.

Maritime Sales - Strong Demand for British Navy under Nelson and Polar Expedition Artefacts (Published December 2012)

Brian Goodison-Blanks, Head of the Sporting and Maritime Department, notes that demand in maritime and naval artefacts at auction remains strong, with particular interest being focused on the British Naval Fleet under Nelson and Polar Expeditions.

A small gouache by Mary Fedden, dated 1983, of a wheatear in a landscape sold at £2,000 in October 2012.

Fine Art Auctioneer's Review: What's Been Hot in 2012 (Published November 2012)

Chris Hampton, Managing Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, provides a review of the fine art auction market in 2012 and offers his predictions for 2013.

Military Medals awarded to Major General David Tennant 'Punch' Cowan, CB CBE DSO (and Bar) MC (1896-1983) and two other family members. Estimate: £20,000-£25,000.

Sale of Military Medals (Published November 2012)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to have received instructions to offer two important World War Two medal groups in the Selected Antiques and Collectables sale on 20th November 2012.

Honiton Antiques Festival

Honiton Antiques Festival (Published November 2012)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to be a part of the second Honiton Antiques Festival during the week of 12th November 2012 - 17th November 2012.

A Chinese porcelain vase (FS16/386) realised £12,000.

Top of the Lots (Published November 2012)

Rachel Littlewood provides a quick roundup of the results from the quarterly fine art sale held in Exeter on 31st October 2012 and 1st November 2012.

A rare bronze study of a woman (FS16/616) by Jules Bastien Lepage (1848–1884). Estimate:
        £15,000-£20,000.

Jules Bastien Lepage - Joan d'Arc Bronze Statue (Published October 2012)

Rachel Littlewood reports that there has been considerable pre-sale interest in a rare bronze figure by Jules Bastien Lepage, which is being offered for sale in Devon on 1st November 2012. Prospective buyers will be able to bid in the Exeter saleroom in person or online via the Internet.

A Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup (FS16/573), which is being offered in our Autumn 2012 Fine Art Sale. Estimate: £20,000-£30,000.

Fine Art Auction Sale Preview (Published October 2012)

The upcoming October 2012 Fine Art Sale promises to be exciting, with a range of interesting lots being offered for auction. Rachel Littlewood previews some of the highlights being offered in the two day sale, which will start on Wednesday, 31st October 2012.

A Documentary North Devon pottery jug. Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. (FS16/399).

Fine Art Sale Ceramics Auction Preview (Published October 2012)

The upcoming October 2012 Fine Art Sale at fine art auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will have one of the largest ceramics sections in years with over 160 lots of fine pottery being offered.

An early Carrette tinplate De Dion style car fetched £900 despite its poor condition. (SC15/949).

Sporting and Collectors Sale Review (Published October 2012)

Brian Goodison-Blanks reviews the September 2012 Sporting and Collectors sale held on 26th September 2012 in Honiton, Devon. The sale attracted significant online and telephone bidding, with several lots going to international buyers.

Kangxi Chinese Libation Cup

Kangxi Chinese Libation Cup (Published October 2012)

Martin McIlroy writes about a Chinese Libation Cup from the Kangxi period (1662-1722), which is to be included in the Autumn 2012 Fine Sale in Exeter.

The Bow of a Dart Sailability Boat.

Fine Art Valuation Day (Published October 2012)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are pleased to be supporting Dart Sailability again this year with an antiques valuation day in aid of their work on Thursday, 25th October 2012 at the Berry Head Hotel in Brixam.

A view of mining at 'Golden Gulley' by Frank Harding, estimated at £300-£500, is being offered in the Fine Sale on 31st October 2012.

Preview of Fine Sale Pictures (Published September 2012)

Daniel Goddard (Head of the Pictures Department) previews some of the lots in the upcoming Fine Sale to be offered in Exeter on 31st October 2012. The picture section of the auction is taking shape with several fresh-to-market collections and promises more than 100 quality picture lots.

Lady Hester Stanhope and Dr Meryon, fetched £900 at auction in Honiton (HO55/145).

Staffordshire Pottery Auction - The Stockman Collection Sold Out! (Published September 2012)

Nic Saintey (Head of the Ceramics and Glass Department) reflects on an exciting sale in Honiton, which saw every lot sold. The sale attracted an international audience, with strong online and telephone bidding from both America and Australia as well as the United Kingdom.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity Logo

Valuations at Michaelmas Fair, Powderham Castle, Devon (Published September 2012)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (along with others) are sponsoring the Michaelmas Fair at Powderham Castle in Devon on Thursday, 8th November 2012, which is run by ABF The Soldiers' Charity South West branch. We will have two experts providing free valuations during the day, specialising in Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Collectables and Militaria.

One of the many Staffordshire pottery figures to be offered for auction in the forthcoming sale at Honiton on Tuesday, 11th September 2012.

Staffordshire Pottery - The Tribal Art of England (Published September 2012)

Nic Saintey will be presenting a short talk entitled The Tribal Art of England in the salerooms, Dowell Street, Honiton on the evening of Friday, 7th September 2012. It is centred around the Stockman Collection of Staffordshire and related ceramics and will be a light hearted look at some of the more quirky Staffordshire Portrait figures that are to be offered for sale on Tuesday, 11th September 2012.

A signed photograph of Mike Hawthorn at the wheel of a Ferrari Silverstone 1958 part of a collection of Motor racing memorabillia. Estimate: £300-£500.

Motor Sport Auction (Published September 2012)

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews the motor sport lots in the upcoming specialist Sporting and Collectors sale on Tuesday, 26th September 2012 at the auction rooms in Honiton, Devon. The lots are formed from the motor sport archive built up by German motor racing driver Max Werner.

An etching by Norman Alfred William Lindsay, entitled 'Thieves Kitchen', which will be auctioned on 31st October 2012.

Norman Alfred William Lindsay - Thieves Kitchen (Published August 2012)

Norman Alfred William Lindsay's Thieves Kitchen comes-up for sale on 31st October 2012. The etching depicts a group of deranged, drunken and sinister characters cavorting and screaming at the mouth of a roaring furnace.

An early 20th century gold and blue paste riviere necklace with matching earrings. (FS15/164).

Auctioneer's Review of Fine Sale Jewellery (Published August 2012)

The Jewellery section of our June 2012 Fine Art Sale had several surprises, with a number of fine pieces of antique jewellery exceeding their pre-sale estimates by large margins, reflecting the current demand for these items.

Two of the original watercolours of Paddington Bear, beleived to be stills used as originals for the BBC television series 'Paddington', which are being offered in our August 2012 Book Sale.

Paddington Bear Original Watercolours in August 2012 Book Auction (Published August 2012)

Paddington Brown, to give him his correct name, is an anthropomorphic bear from darkest Peru. Dressed in old floppy hat, trade mark duffle coat, and wellington boots. Polite with impeccable manners, and a love of marmalade sandwiches.

A small selection from the 400-500 items of Staffordshire Pottery in the Stockman Collection being offered for auction at Honiton in September 2012.

Stockman Staffordshire Pottery Collection (Published August 2012)

During August, Nic Saintey (Head of the Ceramics Department) will be blogging his way through the many and varied items of Staffordshire Pottery in the Stockman Collection, which has been consigned to Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood for auction.

The frontispiece of The Iliad of Homer produced by Alexander Pope.

Alexander Pope: The Iliad of Homer (Published July 2012)

The Iliad of Homer, the blind Greek bard, is a marvellous epic tale in verse of the 10 year siege by the Greeks, and ultimate destruction, of Troy, a city in what is now Western Turkey.

Hon Mrs Grimston by the circle of Sir Peter Lely.

July 2012 Fine Art Picture Results (Published July 2012)

The Picture section of our recent fine art sale hosted the usual mix of interesting pictures from over three centuries containing a very varied subject matter including portraiture, landscapes, still life and marine.

A pair of Kangxi style vases realised £5,800 at our Fine Sale held at Exeter in July 2012. (FS15/513).

July 2012 Fine Art Ceramics Sale Review (Published July 2012)

Nic Saintey (Ceramics Specialist) of Fine Art Auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood reviews the ceramic lots that were recently sold at auction in Exeter as part of the firm's Summer Fine Sale.

A Mercer's Marine Chronometer produced for the Admiralty. Realised: £1,200. (FS14/417).

July 2012 Fine Sale Maritime Antiques Auction Review (Published July 2012)

The appeal of maritime antiques and the demand for a specialist auction continues, as seen by the recent success of the Maritime section of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Fine Sale of 11th and 12th July 2012, held in Exeter, Devon.

Mid 18th Century Mahogany 'Pepy's Bookcase. Realised: £20,000. (FS12/806).

July 2012 Fine Sale Antique Furniture Auction Results (Published July 2012)

Chris Hampton (Managing Director and Antique Furniture Specialist) reviews the impressive furniture results of the Summer 2012 Fine Sale held in Exeter over two days in July. The auction's furniture section saw the top price for the sale when a Mid 18th Century 'Pepys' bookcase went under the hammer for £20,000.

A lythographic print after drawings by David Roberts

August 2012 Antiquarian Book Sale (Published July 2012)

Richard Bearne (Chairman and Head of the Antiquarian Book Department) previews the upcoming bi-annual August 2012 Book Sale, which will be held at Honiton in Devon. The sale includes items of national importance relating to the first transatlantic flight in 1919 and a three volume set of lithographic prints after drawings by David Roberts.

A pair of Charles I silver flagons. Sold for £19,000. (FS12/117).

What's Hot this Week? Westcountry Silver and a Pepys Bookcase (Published July 2012)

Rachel Littlewood reflects on the scorching success of the Summer Sale, which was held on 11th and 12th July 2012 in Exeter, Devon. The major highlights of the auction were items of Westcountry ecclesiastical silver and an 18th century Pepys mahogany bookcase, which had telephone bidders from around the world competing for them.

Robert Russell. A rare Tunbridgeware rosewood and marquetry tripod wine table. Estimate: £500-£700 (FS12/803).

A Van der Waals Dining Table and a Rare Tunbridgeware Wine Table in Fine Sale (Published June 2012)

Chris Hampton (Managing Director and Furniture Specialist) writes "The summer quarterly sale of fine art and antiques includes an interesting and varied selection of furniture from across the centuries."

A Maritime Painting by Richard Mark Myers. (FS12/332).

Fine Art Paintings in Upcoming Fine Sale Auction (Published June 2012)

The July 2012 Fine Sale at our Okehampton Street salerooms in Exeter, Devon has a variety of fine paintings on offer. Daniel Goddard (Head of Picture Department) reviews the paintings that have caught his eye. The two day sale will start on Wednesday, 11th July 2012.

Silver Marks appearing on a pair of Charles I flagons. (FS14/117).

Exeter Ecclesiastical Silver for Auction (Published June 2012)

The Silver section of our two day Fine Sale (11th/12th July 2012), which will be offered for auction on the first day of the sale, includes eight lots of redundant Exeter Parish Silver.

An early 19th century enamelled gold rectangular snuff box. Estimate: £5,000-£8,000.

Jewellery Auction Lots in Upcoming July 2012 Fine Sale (Published June 2012)

The upcoming July 2012 Fine Sale at our Okehampton Street salerooms in Exeter, Devon has a number of interesting jewellery pieces that we preview here. The sale itself will stretch over two days, starting on Wednesday, 11th July 2012.

A Commonwealth silver paten (FS12/110). Estimate: £1,000-£2,000.

Westcountry Art Auctioneers' July 2012 Fine Sale Preview (Published June 2012)

Rachel Littlewood of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood previews the upcoming July 2012 Fine Sale in Exeter, Devon that has some exciting lots on offer. There are major items in each section of the auction, which will be spread over two days.

A Meissen figure of a 'typical' Chinese family.

Meissen Porcelain - All that Glistens is Not Gold (Published June 2012)

Nic Saintey (Head of Ceramics) of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood describes how a forthcoming collection of Meissen coming up for sale, charts the evolution of the first European factory to produce porcelain.

A variety of motor racing collectables being offered in our September 2012 Sporting and Collectors Auction, estimated at between £40 and £200.

September 2012 Sporting and Collectors' Sale Preview (Published May 2012)

Brian Goodison-Blanks (Sporting Items Specialist) previews the Sporting and Collectors' Sale, which will be held by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood at the salerooms in Dowell Street in Honiton. The sale, which will be held in September 2012, is already looking very promising and will attract a lot of attention. In particular, the classic cars and motor racing collectables are expected to attract strong online bidding from an international audience.

A pair of late 17th/early 18th century tazze possibly by John Dagge. Estimate: £1,000-£2,000.

Westcountry Silver (Published May 2012)

"In 1558 the Act of Supremacy made Elizabeth I Supreme Governor of the church. In 1559, the Act of Uniformity attempted to reconcile Protestants and Catholics and return England to the Protestant faith. In further acts passed by Elizabeth, everyone had to attend church on Sunday, each parish had to have a complete copy of the Bible in English and each parish had to have a communion cup." writes Martin McIlroy (Silver Specialist).

Frederick John Widgery (1861 - 1942): Tintagel, Cornwall.

Fine Westcountry Pictures for Auction (Published May 2012)

Daniel Goddard (Head of the Picture Department) writes "An impressive single owner collection of pictures comes under the hammer in Honiton on 19th June 2012, with the emphasis very much on the west country and west country artists" as he reviews the entries for the June 2012 Selected Pictures Sale, which will be held at our auction rooms in Honiton, Devon.

A diamond-mounted, single-stone ring.

Spring 2012 Fine Sale Jewellery Auction Results (Published May 2012)

The stars of the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood April 2012 Fine Sale jewellery section were, appropriately enough, the diamonds. Several spectacular diamond-mounted pieces found new homes and it was these, along with some of the more interesting antique jewellery which were the outstanding lots.

A British Arctic Expedition 1875 earthenware dinner plate.

Preview of July 2012 Fine Sale Maritime Items (Published May 2012)

"The fateful maiden voyage of the Titanic 100 years ago has intrigued and fascinated many with the opulence of the ship and the tragedy of the lives lost." writes Brian Goodison-Blanks (Maritime Specialist) as he previews the maritime items in the upcoming Fine Sale, which will be held on 11th July 2012 in Exeter, Devon.

A Louis XV brass mounted coffer fort. (FS12/862).

Fine Sale Furniture Auction Results (Published April 2012)

The Spring 2012 quarterly Fine Sale offering of selected furniture produced some encouraging results.

For too long a time there has been heard the lamentations of the weakness in the 'brown furniture' market and just as the recession in the UK economy which dips into and out of marginal growth, one has to accept the status quo and get on with it.

A Georgian vinaigrette modelled as a fish sold for £820. (FS12/41).

A Fisherman's Tale - A Georgian Vinaigrette (Published April 2012)

Something didn't smell right, something fishy was going on when Lot 41, a Georgian vinaigrette, was offered for Sale - but not just any vinaigrette - this one was modelled as an articulated fish. Vinaigrettes were used to hold smelling salts or sponges, soaked in sweet smelling liquids, to be held close to the nose and remove the smell of Georgian streets.

An Art Deco period four piece tea service by Charles Boynton sold for £3,900 in our April 2012 Fine Sale. (FS12/78).

Devon Cream Tea! An Art Deco Tea Service (by Charles Boynton) (Published April 2012)

Martin McIlroy ponders an Art Deco Tea Service, by Charles Boynton, and concludes "If Hercule Poirot was to taste a Devon cream tea, then this is the service that would have poured the tea..."

A 19th century English fan fetched £180 (FS12/663).

'Fan'tastic: Fans Coming Back into Fashion! (Published April 2012)

Fans are slowly coming back as an area for collecting and Chinese carved ivory brise fans are being avidly bought by the Chinese.

An Alfa Romeo P2 Tinplate Clockwork Toy produced by Compangie Industrielle du Jouet (CIJ) in the 1920-30s.

The Right Formula for Tinplate Clockwork Toy Collectors (Published April 2012)

Of all the tinplate clockwork toy cars produced in the 20th century, none is more iconic the Alfa Romeo P2 produced by the French firm CIJ (Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet).

John Miller: Penzance Fishing Boat

Paintings Auctioned for Clients in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset (Published April 2012)

The April 2012 Fine Painting sale was a great success with over 90% of the lots selling, many for clients in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. A group of ten Archibald Thorburn watercolours and drawings from two different collections in Somerset and Devon all sold for a total in excess of £17,000; the most popular being the unmistakeable Snipe Amongst Grasses at £4,200.

Pawns armed with either muskets or swords

Checkmate! An Antique Indian Carved Ivory Chess Set (Published April 2012)

The highlight of the Works of Art section of our April 2012 Fine Art Sale held in Exeter (Devon) was undoubtedly the sale of the early 19th century Indian carved ivory chess set. Consigned by a client living in the heart of Devon, it was discovered by Andrew Thomas of our Insurance Valuations Department It provided a chance for chess collectors' around the world to bid on an unusual and potentially rare chess set. After frantic bidding, the chess set finally realised £17,000.

An 18 ct white gold, sapphire and diamond mounted rectangular cluster ring

Bristol Delft - Is Flattery the Greatest Compliment? (Published April 2012)

Nic Saintey (Ceramics Specialist) muses over Lot 577 in the Ceramics and Glass section of the April 2012 Fine Sale. The ceramic plate was catalogued as probably being Bristol Delft, but during viewing it soon became apparent that the prototype was made a little further up the River Severn...

An 18 ct white gold, sapphire and diamond mounted rectangular cluster ring

Upcoming Consignment Deadlines (Published April 2012)

Are you looking to sell an item of fine art in one of our upcoming specialist sales? We regularly hold such sales throughout the year that attract interest from not just United Kingdom buyers but also from an international audience who can bid electronically using the Internet.

A George Jones Jones majolica strawberry dish. Estimate £100-£150.

April 2012 Antiques and Collectors Sale (including Selected Silver and Jewellery) (Published April 2012)

Heading into an Easter weekend with the potential of snow seems a gloomy prospect. However, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's sale of Antiques and Collectables including Silver and Jewellery is a brighter outlook in more ways than one.

Indian ivory chess set. Estimate £1,500-£2,000.

Works of Art in the April 2012 Fine Sale (Published April 2012)

Amongst the numerous objects in the Works of Art section of our forthcoming Fine Art Sale on 18th and 19th April 2012, one word can be used to characterise many of them - Ivory. Ivory has been used around the world over thousands of years for ornament and decoration and examples of work from Japan, China, India and Europe, are all represented.

Clock Face of a Sherwood Long Case Clock.

Preview of Long Case Clocks and Chronometers in the April 2012 Fine Sale (Published March 2012)

There are a number of long case clocks and a ship's chronometer in our April 2012 Fine Sale in Exeter. This article previews some of these lots, which have stories to tell of their maker's untimely deaths, hastened marriages and multiple children!

An attractive George III open armchair in the Hepplewhite taste. Estimate £1,200-£1,500.

A Roundup of Furniture for Auction in the April 2012 Fine Sale (Published March 2012)

The antique furniture section of the April 2012 quarterly fine sale provides a good cross section of oak and mahogany. This round up looks at a range of furniture on offer, from the epoch of William and Mary, through the Georgian and Regency periods, to the Victorian era.

Giffre at Morillon, Haute Savoie. Sam (TS) Haile (1909-1948). Estimate £600-£800.

Sam (TS) Haile (1909-1948) (Published March 2012)

The Surrealist potter and painter Sam Haile met Marianne de Trey and they married in 1938. Sam Haile was interested in the Surrealist work of contemporaries like Picasso, Klee and Henry Moore. A watercolour by Sam Haile of his exploration of the Alps entitled Giffre at Morillon, Haute Savoie with provenance to the Private Collection of Marianne de Trey is being offered for auction in our Fine Art Sale in April. The estimate for the watercolour is £600-£800.

A 19th century gold ruby, tortoiseshell and star-sapphire mounted hinged bangle. Estimate £800-£1,200.

A Preview of the Jewellery in the April 2012 Fine Sale (Published March 2012)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's April 2012 Fine Art Sale includes an exciting collection of antique and modern jewellery, which will be of interest to collectors as well as those looking for a special piece for an important occasion or everyday wear. Auction is a wonderful way of buying jewellery as pieces can be acquired at a far more modest cost than at a retail jewellers.

A Georg Jensen Silver Bowl.

Preview of Silverware in April 2012 Fine Sale (Published March 2012)

Amongst the silver to be offered in our Fine Sale on the 18th April 2012, there is the usual assortment of examples of English silversmith's art. From salvers to candlesticks, flatware to porringers, all are represented in this sale.

A magnificently bound set of the Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill in 34 volumes.

Preview of March 2012 Antiquarian Book Sale (Published March 2012)

Roger Collicott previews the upcoming antiquarian book auction, which will be held at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Dowell Street salerooms in Honiton on Wednesday, 28th March 2012.

A Preserved Brown Bear\'s head on an oak plinth, which sold for £600.

A Good Stuffing (Published March 2012)

A review of the Sporting & Collectors' Sale, which was held at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Dowell Street salerooms in Honiton on Wednesday, 29th February 2012.

Victorian desk seals and Victorian dip pens

Preview of March 2012 Antiques with Selected Silver and Jewellery Sale (Published March 2012)

A preview of the upcoming antiques and selected silver and jewellery auction, which will be held at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Dowell Street salerooms in Honiton on Wednesday, 13th March 2012.

Bronze Inlaid Censer

Preview of January 2012 Fine Art Auction (Published January 2012)

Nic Saintey previews the forthcoming fine art sale, which is to be held over two days in Exeter (Devon) on 25th and 26th January 2012, which is already generating considerable interest.

Sketch of a Penguin by Edward Adrian Wilson

Artefacts from the British Antartic Expedition Era (Published January 2012)

Brian Goodison-Blanks previews some of the exciting maritime lots being offered in the forthcoming fine art sale, which is to be held over two days in Exeter (Devon) on 25th and 26th January 2012.

Logo for Honiton Antiques Fair in Devon

Honiton Antiques Fair in Devon (Published October 2011)

With its 85 dealers, two firms of auctioneers and numerous associated specialist firms, Honiton can be justly proud of its reputation as the antiques centre of the South West. On 14th-20th November 2011, all of those businesses will join forces for the first ever Honiton Antiques Festival – part of National Antiques Week, which is being celebrated around the country.

Market House and Parish Church, St Ives by Brian Pearce (1929-2006)

Preview of the October 2011 Fine Art Auction (Published October 2011)

Nic Saintey, Head of Ceramics and Glass at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, previews the October 2011 Fine Art Auction, which is being held by the auction house on Wednesday, 19th October 2011 and Thursday, 20th October 2011 in Exeter, Devon.

Camden's Britannia (1695)

Review of the September 2011 Antiquarian Book Sale (Published September 2011)

Roger Collicot (Book Specialist) reviews the succesful antiquarian book sale that was recently held in our Dowell Street salerooms in Honiton.

Frank Henry Mason (1876-1965) – Venice

September 2011 Selected Picture Sale (Published August 2011)

Daniel Goddard (Head of the Picture Department) talks about the upcoming selected pictures sale to be held in Exeter on Tuesday, 6th September 2011 and notes that these successful Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood sales are now three years old.

Canterbury Tales illustrated by Eric Gill

Eric Gill's Canterbury Tales in the September 2011 Antiquarian Book Sale (Published August 2011)

Roger Collicott, the book specialist at Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood previews the 'star' item in the September 2011 Antiquarian Book Sale, which is being held in Honiton on Thursday, 1st September 2011.

Ngombe Tribal Stool

Review of July 2011 Fine Sale (Published July 2011)

Nic Saintey reviews the July 2011 Fine Art Sale held in Exeter, which saw a Ngombe Tribal Stool fetch £16,500 and a piece of pale celadon jade make £40,000. He also notes that the furniture market is still strong for the right pieces, after he reflects that a George III mahogany serpentine fronted serving table reached £21,000.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Michaelmas Fair, Powderham Castle in Devon (Published July 2011)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (along with others) are sponsoring the Michaelmas Fair at Powderham Castle in aid of the ABF The Soldiers' Charity South West branch on Thursday, 3rd November 2011.

Pink and Orange by Mary Fedden

Preview of July 2011 Fine Art Sale (Published June 2011)

Nic Saintey provides a quick preview of some of the interesting lots being offered by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in our July 2011 Fine Art Sale, which includes pieces by Mary Fedden, Archibald Thorburn, David Shepherd, Faberge and Rolex as well as some Chinese Jade and a grotesque 'Martin Bros' spoon warmer.

Samuel York Martin in Lieutenants uniform of the 65th Regiment of Foot

Review of June 2011 Selected Picture Sale (Published June 2011)

There was a very positive and enthusiastic response, writes Daniel Goddard (Head of Pictures at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood), to the variety of pictures in the 7th June 2011 Selected Picture Sale in Honiton and by all accounts the salerooms looked fantastic with a wide range of Modern British rubbing shoulders with minor Dutch Old Masters.

The Trawler Fleet, oil on board, by Anthony Amos (1950-2010), sold for £2,700.

Review of June 2011 Maritime Sale in Exeter, Devon (Published June 2011)

Brian Goodison-Blanks, the Maritime Specialist at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, writes about the June 2011 Maritime Sale, which brought many people to the Exeter saleroom on the day.

The launching casket for HMS Reindeer, 1883

Preview of June 2011 Maritime Sale in Exeter, Devon (Published May 2011)

Brian Goodison-Blanks, the Maritime Specialist at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, previews the upcoming Maritime Sale in Exeter, Devon. The sale has a range of items for all collectors and enthusiasts, as well as a couple of interesting historical pieces to attract a wider audience.

Winchester Four I by Patrick Heron

Preview of 7th June 2011 Sale in Honiton, Devon (Published May 2011)

Daniel Goddard, Head of the Pictures Department at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, reviews the 7th June 2011 sale in Honiton, Devon, which has lots to offer collectors of British 20th Century Paintings and Pottery.

A Rare Catalogue contemporary with Captain Cook\'s Voyages

Review of March 2011 Book Sale (Published April 2011)

Roger Collicott, Book Consultant at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, reviews the March 2011 book sale, which achieved the highest price for a single item since Bearne's and Hampton & Littlewood merged.

A Rare Catalogue contemporary with Captain Cook's Voyages

Preview of April 2011 Fine Art Sale in Exeter, Devon (Published April 2011)

Whilst it is the high value items we auctioneers make most noise about, it is often those items that display a great deal of time and effort in the making, but seem eminently affordable, or the more novel, obscure or abstract items that make the Fine Sale so appealing and dare I say eclectic at times.

A Rare Catalogue contemporary with Captain Cook's Voyages

Important Items Featured in the March 2011 Book Sale (Published February 2011)

The next book sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood promises to be very good. An exciting discovery in a house clearance by one of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewoods' valuers has unearthed a rare Captain Cook book, which will be the highpoint of the sale on 30th March 2011 in Honiton.

Three Dark Brahma by JW Ludlow

JW Ludlow Collection (Published February 2011)

Brian Goodison-Blanks reviews a collection of original works by the Victorian ornithological artist JW Ludlow, which has recently been discovered in Devon by the fine art auctioneers. The collection, along with other items, is being offered for sale on 16th February 2011 at Honiton as part of the Sporting and Collectors Sale.

Qianlong (1736-1795) Wine Ewer

January 2011 Fine Sale (Published January 2011)

Nic Saintey talks about the upcoming January 2011 Fine Art Sale to be held by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood at the auction rooms in Exeter, on 26th January 2011 and 27th January 2011.

Ariel Square Four Motorbike

Autumn 2010 Selected Fine Sale in Honiton (Published December 2010)

Brian Goodison-Blanks reviews the first Selected Fine Art Sale held by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood at the auction rooms in Honiton, on 23rd November 2010.

Lyson's History of Devonshire

Review of September 2010 Book, Prints & Map Sale (Published October 2010)

A review of the Book, Prints and Map Sale held at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood at the Salerooms in Dowell Street, Honiton, on 29th September 2010, by book consultant Roger Collicott.

Signature Image for FS08 Sale

Autumn 2010 Fine Sale (Published October 2010)

The Autumn 2010 Fine Sale has nearly 750 lots of selected Silver, Jewellery, Paintings, Ceramics, Works of Art, Clocks and Furniture with estimates from £100-£15,000. The items are being offered for sale on 20th and 21st October 2010 in Exeter.

Mark II Jaguar Car

Classic Cars and Motorbikes at Auction (Published September 2010)

Extending the range of sales and services available to our clients, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are offering several classic cars and a motorbike in the sale on 23rd November 2010 in Honiton.

The Late Umpire David Shepherd MBE

Surprises at the August 2010 Sporting, Country Pursuits and Collectors Sale (Published August 2010)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood held a successful auction of sporting, country pursuits and collectors items in Honiton on 4th August 2010.

Bending The Mainsail by Arthur Briscoe (1873-1943)

Lots in June 2010 Maritime Sale (Published May 2010)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are holding an auction of maritime and nautical related items in Exeter on 16th June 2010. Notable lots include an oil on canvas by Arthur Briscoe (1873-1943) and a Turkish bronze cannon captured by Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth.

Steel Helmet for the Governor General Bodyguard of Canada

Upcoming August 2010 Sporting, Country Pursuits and Collectors Sale (Published May 2010)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are holding an auction of sporting, country pursuits and collectors items to be held in Honiton on 4th August 2010.

A Ceramic with a Nautical Theme

Upcoming June 2010 Maritime Sale (Published May 2010)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are currently inviting entries for an auction of maritime and nautical related items to be held in Exeter on 16th June 2010.

A Broach

Honiton Jewellery Valuation Days (Published May 2010)

Our jewellery expert Jethro Marles will be at special valuation days at our Honiton salerooms during May 2010 to advise on jewellery that you may be considering selling.

Saleroom in Dowell Street, Honiton

Branching East (Published February 2010)

It is a year since the merging of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood and already we are expanding Eastwards in the county of Devon into the antiques centre and market town of Honiton.

We have re-opened the long established auction room in Dowell Street, Honiton, with the first auction of antiques, collectables, silver and jewellery being held there on 16th February 2010.

Richard Bearne, Chairman of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood

Expansion of West Country Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (Published July 2009)

Richard Bearne, Chairman of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, announced on Friday, 3rd July 2009 that the fine art auction house would be re-opening the salerooms in Dowell Street, Honiton in January 2010 when they are vacated by Bonhams.

Painting by Frances Gynn

Fine Art Auction for The Chestnut Appeal in Exeter (Published May 2009)

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will be auctioning over a hundred pieces of donated art at our Okehampton Street salerooms for The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer on 10th May 2009. The sale will be on view to the general public on 8th May 2009 and 9th May 2009.

Circle of Michael Dahl c 1659-1733; Portrait of an English Chancellor

Porridge, Politics and Poisoning (Published January 2009)

Nic Saintey takes a brief glance at a few interesting lots in the first fine art sale of 2009, which will be offered on 28th-29th January 2009 at our Okehampton Street Salerooms in Exeter.

Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941-2002); The Bishop Startled; Sold for £113,500

Lenkiewicz 2008 (Published April 2008)

Some of the results from the Lenkiewicz 2008, which lasted over nine hours, saw over 3,000 people attend and achieved a world record for a painting by Robert Lenkiewicz. The auction made £2.1m.

Notes on Cleopatra's Needle

Cleopatra's Needle Comes to Exeter (Published January 2008)

A rare archive of Waynman Dixon, one of the people responsible for bringing Cleopatra's Needle to London will be included in the forthcoming quarterly auction to be held on 30th January 2008.

A Diamond Set Broach with ER Cipher

Haute Couture in Devon (Published January 2008)

The archive of Madame Handley Seymour, the exclusive London dressmaker from the 1920s to the 1940s, with Royal appointments from Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, will be offered for sale in the quarterly fine sale to be held on 30th January 2008.

Byron Artefacts

Sale of Artefacts of Lord Byron and His Descendants (Published November 2007)

A collection of artefacts related to Lord Byron and his descendants were eagerly snapped up at auction by collectors for an astonishing £176,570 five times the figure expected.

Early Picture

Sale from Studio of Ethelbert White (Published May 2007)

Ethelbert White (1891-1972) was a painter, illustrator, wood engraver and poster designer, born in Isleworth, Middlesex. He attended St John's Wood Art School and became friends with Mark Gerter and CRW Nevinson and was a regular exhibitor at the RWS and RA.

Greenway House in Devon

Greenway Sale of Agatha Christie Family Items Nets Over £300,000 at Exeter Auction (Published September 2006)

Items from Greenway House in South Devon, the former home of the Queen of crime writers Dame Agatha Christie, were eagerly snapped up at auction by collectors and her many fans for an astonishing £303,000 today (Tuesday, 12th September 2006) – double the figure expected.

First Edition of 'Murder is Easy' by Agatha Christie

Magic of Agatha Christie and Greenway (Published July 2006)

A unique and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is in store for collectors and Agatha Christie enthusiasts on Tuesday September 12th at Bearne's in Exeter when the family offer at auction a selection of items from her former home at Greenway House, Churston Ferrers, South Devon.

Lenkiewiz Studio Sale (Published September 2004)

When Robert Lenkiewicz died on 5th August 2002, there was work in progress at seven different studios on and around The Barbican in Plymouth. Lenkiewicz had kept the existence of these studios unknown to all but a few and for a long period it was unclear whether all The Painter's private and secret places had been found. As the situation became clearer the studios revealed a fascinating indication of the working practice of the man and a glimpse into his lifestyle.

Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941-2002); The Painter and Danielle in Candlelight

Lenkiewicz - A Voyage of Discovery (Published September 2003)

When fine art valuer and auctioneer Daniel Goddard was commissioned to help deal with the estate of the late Plymouth artist Robert Lenkiewicz, little did he anticipate the scale of the task ahead.

Railway Relics of the Withered Arm (Published October 2002)

There was huge public interest and high prices paid at an auction sale of West Country railway memorabilia and model trains in Exeter on 30th October 2002, which realised some £72,000.