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Sale EX184: Antiques and Interiors

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Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Antiques and Interiors Sale

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Regular Antiques and Interiors Auction of ceramics, glass, works of art, collectables, pictures and furniture held at our Okehampton Street salerooms in Exeter.

This auction has 495 fine art lots.

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Sale Notes

As we approach the summer and, of course, Wimbledon, it is fitting that a rather rare Victorian sporting collectable should turn up in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s next Antiques & Interiors Auction n 23rd May 2017. The small Stevengraph entitled ‘The First Set’ (EX184/268) was produced in the 1880s by Thomas Stevens and wonderfully depicts Victorian ladies in full dress playing on a grass court!

After the Cobden-Chevalier Treaty in 1860, the cotton trade was opened to free trade and greater competition, leading to the collapse of the local industry in Coventry. Thomas Stevens hit upon the idea of altering the looms to produce colourful images and began in 1862 with just four various images. By 1890, the number of images was well over 900 and they became popular as bookmarks and greetings cards. The Coventry factory was destroyed in WWII during the Blitz and all records were thought to have been lost

 In 1950, a descendant of Thomas Stevens revealed that he had taken one record book away from the factory before the night of the attack and so the prices for Stevengraphs rose, especially for those which were rarer or not so popular with the Victorians when first produced. The theme and rarity of ‘The First Set’ makes it highly desirable for collectors. Also included in the sale is another piece of Victorian textile in the form of a Chinses style black silk shawl (EX184/390).

The elegant tassel fringe together with the white embroidered flowers on a black ground would not look out of lace today as either a scarf or Pashmina. Vintage and Retro clothing has seen a strong rise in the market so expect some strong bidding. It might also be worth having a look in the wardrobe for that expensive dress you bought and only wore once (though always keep in the hope of one day fitting into again!) it might be worth a tidy sum.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100