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Ceramics and Glass

The Ceramic and Glass Department of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, run by Nicholas Saintey, handles a fascinating variety of pottery, porcelain and glassware. Many hitherto unrecognised and important pieces have been brought to the market place through the department's enthusiasm and expertise. In excess of 5,000 lots are offered every year.

As ceramics become increasingly popular, so the fields of collecting broaden far beyond the traditionally strong market for 18th century English work. Our auctions include examples from most of the better-known English factories, as well as pottery and porcelain from oriental and continental sources. Many owners are also discovering that pieces bought in the 1920s - perhaps as wedding presents for their grandparents or parents - have become sought after antiques. Our reference library can help to establish not only the value but also the full history of the piece.

The department also handles all aspects of glassware, from the best of French to early English and the decorative work of the 19th and 20th centuries.

News and Articles

A Doulton political commemorative tyg (FS35/719). Nic Saintey suggests that politically themed pottery might not be as dry and uninteresting as it sounds if you are prepared to scratch beneath the surface.
An F&R Pratt pot lid depicting Queen Victoria. Nic Saintey examines how proto-advertising made the humble Victorian pot lid used as part of daily packaging into 'art' that is widely collected today. The fascinating story of their transformation from the utilitarian to the collectable starts over 150 years ago.
An English delft royal commemorative plate for the reign of Queen Anne. Nic Saintey charts a brief history and the motivation behind commemorative ceramics starting with the London delft potters who produced some of the earliest pieces to celebrate the Restoration of Charles II in 1661.

Valuation Appointments

The Ceramics and Glass Department can arrange to visit you whether you are looking to sell your ceramics or glass or just would like an insurance valuation.


Nic SainteyNic Saintey
Department Head

Andrew ThomasAndrew Thomas
Ceramics and Glass Expert

Ceramics Categories

Glass Categories

Joint Ceramics and Glassware Category