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George Bullock Fine Furniture Auction

Posted on Christopher Hampton's Blog

George Bullock was a cabinet maker who came to prominence in the late 18th and early 19th century. Born in Birmingham, Bullock settled in Liverpool and was in partnership with a mirror manufacturer, selling their wares from premises known as ‘The Grecian Rooms’. This gives a clue to Bullock’s style which is very much associated with the Classical forms associated with the Regency period.


Bullock owned marble quarries and this material was much used in his furnishings, not least in fireplaces.


In 1813 he moved to London and became well-established as a furniture designer with several important commissions.

  a pair of regency pollard oak rectangular card tables in the manner of george bullock (sf18/1005)

 A pair of Regency pollard oak rectangular card tables in the manner of George Bullock (SF18/1005)


Although not directly attributed to him, this pair of card tables (SF18/1005) very much reflect the neo-classical style associated with Bullock. They have rectangular baize lined hinged tops with reel turned edges and moulded panel friezes and are raised on taperinmg moulded panel columns and bevelled stepped rectangular plinths. Measuring 3ft 2in wide (97cm), this super pair of card tables carry a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000 and are being offered as part of the Nye Furniture Collection, the first part of which is to be sold in a special fine sale on Friday, 5th July 2013 at Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon

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This article was originally published on Christopher Hampton's Blog on Tue, 25 Jun 2013 09:18:38 GMT.

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Christopher Hampton is the Managing Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. He is also Head of the Furniture Department and an active member of the Valuations Department.

Christopher Hampton, a second generation auctioneer and son of Peter Hampton, was born and educated in the Isle of Wight. 

Christopher Hampton joined local auctioneers Way Riddett in 1974, where he worked in the salerooms in Ryde for seven years before joining Phillips Auctioneers in London. He worked in the furniture department under head of department and mentor, Michael Cowley, until moving to Devon in 1984 to run the Phillips saleroom in Exeter.

In 1989 he became Regional Director for Phillips operations in Devon and Cornwall until 1999 when the company was sold. He founded Hampton & Littlewood with Rachel Littlewood in 2001, which merged with Bearne's in 2009.

He has enjoyed the transition from being a part of an international auction house to being a part of the principal auction house in Devon and Cornwall.

In his spare time he enjoys running and gardening.

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