Published 2nd November 2012
The Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Quarterly Fine Sale attracted a lot of attention with many lots exceeding their estimates. Amongst the top lots were a Chinese porcelain vase (FS16/386) of bottle form that sold for £12,000 and a 17th Century walnut longcase clock (FS16/663), which realised £12,500.
One of the star pieces was a 17th/18th Century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn libation cup (FS16/573), which was finely carved overall with fruiting vines on a gnarled vine branch extending to the rim to form the handle. The cup, which was 17.5cm long with minor damage and some age cracks, was on a matching carved wood stand. It exceeded its top estimate, selling for £34,000.
The Ceramics section also saw a Meissen porcelain figure, allegorical of Africa (lot 510) and modelled by JJ Kaendler, achieve a high price, selling for £12,000.
A highlight of the Pictures section of the auction was an oil on board painting by Miss Dorothea Sharp (1874–1955), entitled Paddling in the shallows, which sold for £6,200.
The Jewellery department saw an early 20th Century platinum and diamond bracelet, with diamonds estimated to weigh 6.00cts, sell for £6,100.