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The furniture department, run by Cristian Beadman, catalogue and auction over 4,000 lots annually, from the finest 18th century English furniture to a modest Victorian chest of drawers. Although fashions change, good quality English and Continental furniture of all periods as always found a ready market. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood hold over twenty furniture auctions every year so there is always an appropriate venue for a client's property, whatever the value.

The market for quality furniture continues to grow and expand into areas in which there was little interest only a few years ago. This is typified by increasing demand for good Victorian and Edwardian pieces which, until recently, would have been dismissed by collectors. As in many areas of antiques, furniture which may have been seen as commonplace or utilitarian when it was bought between seventy and a hundred years ago is fast becoming highly desirable. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood extensive knowledge will help you identify those pieces which have become valuable… even though they have been in daily use for two or three generations. Indeed this can be clearly illustrated by the pair of George III mahogany bedside cupboards which the firm sold recently for £75,000.

News and Articles

Betty Joel (1894-1985): a Token mahogany bedside cabinet (FS36/1048). Brian Goodison-Blanks writes about the renewed interest in Art Deco furniture as we approach the first centenary of this particular design period and explores the work of Betty Joel (1894-1985), which is being increasingly sought after.
A Heriz Carpet (FS31/913) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 12th July 2016 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon. Christopher Hampton, Managing Director, takes a quick look at the furniture on offer in the upcoming Summer 2016 Fine Sale, which has a larger than usual collection of Eastern carpets and rugs to tempt buyers with.

Valuation Appointments

The Furniture Department can arrange to visit you whether you are looking to sell your furniture or would like an insurance valuation.


Cristian BeadmanCristian Beadman
Department Head

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