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George III Mahogany Breakfront Secretaire Library Bookcase in Fine Art Auction

Posted on Christopher Hampton's Blog

The Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 29th/30th April 2014 and 1st May 2014 includes a strong furniture section. Amongst some of the more interesting pieces, there is a George III mahogany breakfront secretaire library bookcase (FS22/908).


A George III mahogany breakfront secretaire library bookcase (FS22/908)

The upper part of this piece of Georgian furniture has a moulded dentil cornice fitted with adjustable shelves enclosed by a pair of pointed arch astragal glazed panel doors. The lower part has a central hinged fall enclosing a fitted interior with small drawers and pigeon holes about a central enclosed compartment.

The cupboard below is fitted with sliding trays and enclosed by a pair of moulded panel doors, flanked by four small drawers to either side. It measures 192cm (6ft 3 1/2in) wide x 237cm (7ft 9 1/4in) high and is inviting bids of £4,000 - £6,000.

Over the next week or so, I will be sharing some other highlights from the furniture section of this auction,

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This article was originally published on Christopher Hampton's Blog on Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:24:46 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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