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Silver

Martin McIlroyMartin McIlroy
Department Head

Martin McIlroy runs the Silver Department at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. Recent results include £6,100 for a fine set of four George III candlesticks made by Fenton, Creswick & Co of Sheffield. Another example of the quality of the silverware being offered in our salerooms is the Victorian Grecian pattern part table service by George Adams that reached £5,000.

A George III Cow Creamer


An unusual and amusing piece of early George III silver was the cow creamer by John Schuppe, who was an immigrant silversmith working in London in the 18th century. The piece itself measured 15cm in length and was assayed in 1761.

A Jug

Whilst there is always strong demand for the more usual items such as candlesticks, tableware, tea services and salvers, there has been a steady rise in demand for smaller collectable pieces, such as novelty menu holders, caddy spoons, desk accoutrements, miniature furniture and unusual electroplated items. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood hold sales of fine silver and silver plate both of English, Continental and Oriental origin.

Silver Categories

Sale FS17; Lot: 0850: A 19th Century French carved giltwood centre table in the Louis XIV taste, surmounted by a rectangular panel of breche violette marble, within a foliate border, the cushion frieze decorated with foliage and with shaped and pierced acanthus and paterae aprons, on openwork square section tapered legs with acanthus leaf husk and paterae ornament, united by curved acanthus scroll stretchers with central finial, the top 165cm (5ft 5in) x 85cm (2ft 9 1/2in).

Sale: FS17 (29 Jan 2013)
Auction Lot: 0850
Estimate: £7,000-£9,000
Realised: £11,500
A 19th Century French carved giltwood centre table in the Louis XIV taste, surmounted by a rectangular panel of breche violette marble, within a foliate border, the cushion frieze decorated ...

Sale FS18; Lot: 0869: An early 19th Century Chinese export lacquer eight fold screen, decorated in gilt with a continuous scene of figures in pagoda garden landscapes and lake and mountain landscapes with figures in boats and on bridges within a wide geometric border with birds, flowers and foliage bordered with lines, the reverse panels with birds amidst flowering and fruiting trees, each panel 199cm (6ft 6 1/4in) x 55cm (1ft 9 3/4in).

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0869
Estimate: £3,000-£5,000
Realised: £6,200
An early 19th Century Chinese export lacquer eight fold screen, decorated in gilt with a continuous scene of figures in pagoda garden landscapes and lake and mountain landscapes with figures ...

Sale FS18; Lot: 0492: A pair of large Canton famille rose porcelain vases of shouldered oviform, the flaring necks applied with chilong and buddhistic lion and cub handles, enamelled with panels depicting scenes at court and warriors on a turquoise ground profusely decorated with fruit, birds, butterflies, flowers and foliage, late 19th century, 78cm high.

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0492
Estimate: £6,000-£7,000
Realised: £20,000
A pair of large Canton famille rose porcelain vases of shouldered oviform, the flaring necks applied with chilong and buddhistic lion and cub handles, enamelled with panels depicting scenes at ...