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South West Fine Art Auction Review

A Japanese 'Nanban' Portable Lacquer and Shagreen Cabinet (FS42/723) that realised
        £19,500 in the recent Fine Sale held at our Exeter Salerooms in April 2019.

Rachel Littlewood looks back at the highlights of the April 2019 Fine Sale, which included a Japanses 'Nanban' cabinet that soared far above its pre-sale estimate and a gentleman's stainless steel 'Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer II' automatic wristwatch, which also proved highly desirable.

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Selected items from the studio of Valerie Barry. Nic Saintey (Head of the Ceramics Department) looks at the work of studio potter Val Barry, whose has become largely forgotten, but may yet find reinvigorated favour in the current post-Leach environment.
This Cartier diamond ring (FS24/194) is a good example of a circular, brilliant-cut
        diamond certified E colour and VS1 clarity. Lucy Marles (of the Jewellery Department) explains the ins and outs of buying diamond jewellery at auction.
The scrolling HB of Hester Bateman's sponsor's mark. Martin McIlroy (Head of the Silver Department) retells the remarkable story of Hester Bateman (d 1794), a renowned female silversmith in the male dominated silver trade of 18th Century London.
Julius Olsson (1864-1942): Moonlit Coastal Scene, Headland Beyond (FS41/382). Daniel Goddard (Head of the Pictures Department) conjures up the Cornish Coastline that has inspired artists of the St Ives Schools, particularly Robert Borlase Smart (1881-1947) and Julius Olsson (1864-1942).
Front Cover of The Lot Magazine Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood publishes an occasional magazine called The Lot covering our recent news and saleroom hightlights. It also provides interesting insights into our work. The current and previous editions can be downloaded in PDF format or read online as a page-by-page electronic magazine.

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