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A Pair of 16th Century Italian Thrones in Fine Furniture Auction

Posted on Christopher Hampton's Blog

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to be offering at auction in the Fine Sale on 30th April 2014 a pair of 16th Century Italian carved giltwood and polychrome decorated thrones by the direction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral (FS22/974).

a pair of 16th century italian thrones (fs22/974)

A pair of 16th Century Italian Thrones (FS22/974)

The thrones have high panelled backs with arcaded pendant hung canopies of half dodecogonal form, pierced and decorated with scrolling foliage. The polychrome decorated rectangular panels have female figures and birds amidst scrolling foliage and they have panels with coats of arms to either side.

These pieces of continental furniture were given as a gift to Exeter Cathedral by the Reverend Sir Patrick Ferguson Davie Bt, Circa 1960 of Creedy Park, Devon. The thrones are discussed in Charles Tracy's book Continental Church Furniture in England - A Traffic in Piety, pages 138 -139.

The pre-sale estimate is £10,000-£15,000 and they will be offered along with some 150 other lots of fine furniture on 30th April 2014.

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This article was originally published on Christopher Hampton's Blog on Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:22:09 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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