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Works of Art and Clocks

Martin McIlroyMartin McIlroy
Department Head

Leigh ExtenceLeigh Extence
Clock Consultant

Martin McIlroy heads this large and diverse department. Consultants and assistant cataloguers also provide invaluable input and Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are well known in the Fine Art world for offering accurately catalogued and desirable objects, which are fresh to market.

The variety of items that come under the heading Works of Art grows annually: there is Engineering and Scientific, Tapestry and Stumpwork, fans, needlework samplers, Chinese metalwares, ivories and jades, Japanese metal wares and ivories, Ethnic art, Antiquities, Objet de vertu, Architectural works of art, barometers, lighting – the list verges upon the infinite.

The department is also responsible for clocks, which are overseen by our Clock Consultant Leigh Extence. He meticulously values, researches and catalogues the clocks within the Quarterly Fine Art Sales and is regularly on hand to inspect carriage clocks, mantel clocks, bracket clocks, wall clocks and longcase clocks that you may be thinking of selling.

The Works of Art and Clocks Department contributes an extensive section within the four Fine Art Sales each year, in addition to offering many lots in the weekly auctions in both Exeter and Honiton.

If you have an item you believe to be valuable, you can take advantage of our 'free verbal advice' service either at home or by bringing the articles to one of our salerooms. We can find byers for even the most obscure articles and whatever you wish to sell, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood can help you present it to discerning buyers worldwide.

Works of Art Categories

Clock Categories

Sale FS29; Lot: 0241: A mid 20th century gold and yellow sapphire single-stone brooch, the cushion-shaped yellow sapphire approximately 18.3mm long x 16mm wide x 10.3mm deep, within a beaded and shell motif frame.

Sale: FS29 (19 Jan 2016)
Auction Lot: 0241
Estimate: £1,200-£1,400
Realised: £5,500
A mid 20th century gold and yellow sapphire single-stone brooch, the cushion-shaped yellow sapphire approximately 18.3mm long x 16mm wide x 10.3mm deep, within a beaded and shell motif frame.

Sale FS28; Lot: 0409: John Constable RA [Suffolk 1776-1837 London] - Landscape with horses - oil sketch on canvas 24 x 36cm.

Sale: FS28 (06 Oct 2015)
Auction Lot: 0409
Estimate: £40,000-£60,000
Realised: £252,000
John Constable RA [Suffolk 1776-1837 London] - Landscape with horses - oil sketch on canvas 24 x 36cm.

Sale FS26; Lot: 0803: A Persian ivory, mother of pearl and horn mounted wood box and cover in the form of a parrot, it's plumage inlaid in naturalistic and geometric style, the hinged cover with lock and opening to reveal three internal divisions, on steel legs, late 18th/early 19th century, 16.5cm high [minor damage and losses].

Sale: FS26 (21 Apr 2015)
Auction Lot: 0803
Estimate: £800-£1,200
Realised: £13,500
A Persian ivory, mother of pearl and horn mounted wood box and cover in the form of a parrot, it's plumage inlaid in naturalistic and geometric style, the hinged cover ...