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Sale EX189: Antiques and Interiors

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Tuesday, 1st August 2017

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Antiques and Interiors Sale (with Selected Jewellery)

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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 842 fine art lots.

Catalogue, Notices and Results

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Sale Notes

There is a rather interesting jug (EX189/447) included in the next sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood on Tuesday, 1st August 2017 that bears a political message. Captioned Britain's Glory it extolls the work of the cotton spinner and is printed with a skilled workman at his loom and beneath him a child actually under the machinery. It boasts "Success to the Friendly Cotton Spinners" who were an early form of Union set up to protect the workers' rights in a somewhat pragmatic way as under the spout it also states "May the Spinners ever flourish and their Master never fail".

Also in the sale is a large comport (EX189/458) for a Union of a different kind, namely the Art Union of London, which was in fact an early form of lottery. Members of an Art Union would annually pay and agreed sum allowing designated individuals to purchase a range of art works from original sculpture and paintings down to medals and pottery, then once a year lots would be drawn and some lucky winners would receive a piece of art – in this case a piece of Copeland pottery made in 1862 to celebrate the life of Prince Albert.

Staying with the sewing and weaving theme, there is also on offer a needlepoint sampler (EX189/674), something less mechanised and more personal as it is the work of a young Welsh girl called Martha Kinsey, aged twelve, and is dated 1832. It shows a different kind of digital dexterity than that used to operate electronic devices and I doubt there are many twelve year olds today that would be capable of such work.

If you’re looking for something a little more quirky then there is a porcelain inkwell (EX189/452) modelled in the form of a woman's head that won't break the bank and if your tastes are a little more mainstream then perhaps an Art Nouveau white metal easel frame (EX189/388) is for you, estimated below £100, it happily functions as either a photograph frame or a mirror.

Finally,what do you buy for that difficult person who has 'everything', why a unique shop manikin bearing the face of Beethoven (EX189/713) is a must!

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100