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20th Century and Contemporary Auction Preview

Roger Hilton (1911-1975): Untitled (CC2/53) offered in our One Day 20th Century
        and Contemporary Sale starting on 11th June 2019 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Nic Saintey (Head of the Ceramics Department) takes a tour of the upcoming 20th Century and Contemporary Auction that brings a fresh and exciting vibe to our salerooms in Exeter.

20th Century and Contemporary Sale Our next 20th Century and Contemporary Sale will be held at our salerooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter on Tuesday, 11th June 2019 commencing at Noon. The catalogue is now available.

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Antiques and Interiors Sale Our next Antiques and Interiors Sale will be held at our salerooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter on Tuesday, 21st May 2019 commencing at 10:00am. The catalogue is now available.

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A bronze figure of Mercury (FS38/821). Martin McIlroy (Head of the Works of Art Department) looks at the 'grand tour' that many young aristocrats and gentlemen engaged in from the end of 17th Century as an important part of their cultural education and the items that they might typically collect that now find their way into modern works of art auctions.
Albrect Durer - Self-Portrait at 28, circa 1500. Daniel Goddard (Head of the Pictures Department) contemplates the importance of portraits and portraiture in a contemporary world where the boundaries between reality and imagination are blurred, distorted and jumbled, largely by Social Media and the Internet.
Selected items from the studio of Valerie Barry. Nic Saintey (Head of the Ceramics Department) looks at the work of studio potter Val Barry, whose has become largely forgotten, but may yet find reinvigorated favour in the current post-Leach environment.
This Cartier diamond ring (FS24/194) is a good example of a circular, brilliant-cut
        diamond certified E colour and VS1 clarity. Lucy Marles (of the Jewellery Department) explains the ins and outs of buying diamond jewellery at auction.
The scrolling HB of Hester Bateman's sponsor's mark. Martin McIlroy (Head of the Silver Department) retells the remarkable story of Hester Bateman (d 1794), a renowned female silversmith in the male dominated silver trade of 18th Century London.
Front Cover of The Lot Magazine Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood publishes an occasional magazine called The Lot covering our recent news and saleroom hightlights. It also provides interesting insights into our work. The current and previous editions can be downloaded in PDF format or read online as a page-by-page electronic magazine.

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