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Sale EX193: Antiques and Interiors

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Tuesday, 26th September 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 618 fine art lots.

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Sale Notes

John Mallard Bromley (1858-1939) was a London born artist who lived both in Torquay and St Ives. The next sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood on 26th September 2017 has a turn of the century view of St Ives harbour (EX193/314) by the artist, estimated at £200-£250, which is seen very much with ‘local’ eyes as it is depicted as a cloudy fishing port rather than a sun drenched holiday destination.

The same might be said for the British School watercolour of a Continental beach scene (EX193/289), which whilst painted 50 years earlier, is chockfull of beached boats and fisher folk going about their business.

The sale also has a pair of rather pampered Staffordshire pussies dating from around 1870 (EX193/49), who will never have done a day’s work in their life, modelled on pink tasselled cushions and sporting purple lustre ribbons around their necks - they look rather too self-important.

Also included is a collection of silver and amongst it is a vinaigrette (EX193/220) – a small silver box that contained a hinged grill that kept a scented sponge in place. Despite being made of precious metal, it had a somewhat functional use in the days when sanitation and personal hygiene could be seen as wanting. If the well-heeled wished to travel they would use this small scented box held close to their nose to alleviate the impact of any obnoxious vapours they may encounter, but ironically if they themselves were the source of the smell they could dab the sponge upon the skin to disguise the fact!

Finally, also on offer is a cast iron portrait figure of Scotland's most popular literary son Robert Burns (EX193/389), leaning statesman like against an oak stump dressed with a tartan cloak. A bronze example would set you back a small fortune, but this thrifty Scot could be yours for as little as a £100.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100