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Sale CC3: 20th Century and Contemporary Sale

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Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

Okehampton Street, Exeter

One Day 20th Century and Contemporary Sale

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Specialist 20th Century and Contemporary Sale held periodically throughout the year.

This auction has 244 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

One often hears that the world of art and antiques is not what it was, so it is comforting to hear that parts are flourishing well. Perhaps ironically it is the contemporary sphere that is growing in appeal. The forthcoming Contemporary Sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood has something to suit all tastes and all pockets and at the affordable end there is a collection of colourful art exhibition posters, a step above those that adorned your juvenile bedroom walls, they include a 'Bilderlust' poster advertising the Cologne Museum exhibition of erotic photographs, which could be yours for under £50 ( CC03 /2).

However, you might prefer a David Hockney New York University exhibition poster, but if you're a fan of his then why not go for one of three David Hockney etchings from his Grimm's fairy tales series, which includes 'The boy hidden in a fish' (CC03/4).

Another striking image that will certainly make a splash is the Howard Hodgkin screen print 'Swimming 2011', which was commissioned for the 2012 London Olympics, signed and numbered, it carries pre-sale expectations of £3,000-£5,000 (CC03/38).

Flying the flag for the home team, Cornish artist Fred Yates who was a prolific landscape artist who favoured scenes of West Country village and coastal life, often in a rather subdued palette (CC03/165). Latterly, he moved to the south of France and included in the sale is a bright and vibrantly coloured view of the Cote d'Azure. He seems to have surpassed Mary Fedden at her own game – the latter being well known for her bold and contrasting palette and who favoured flower compositions and blocky still lives such as her 'Black Teapot' that is estimated at £4,000-£6,000 (CC03/166).

Finally, amongst the pictures are several John Piper screen prints and an original pen, ink, water colour and gouache somewhat confusingly titled on the reverse 'Variation on a mid-19th century engraving.'(CC03/170).

Of course, the sale doesn't only include pictures - there is a useful offering of studio ceramics that includes a work by local potter John Maltby 'Two figures and a wall' (CC03/77); also a marble, stone and glass mosaic by one time Exeter resident Elaine Goodwin entitled 'Atlantic Sea Poem 1' (CC03/83a). She has produced a number of civic works including in 1991 a 5x15m 'Pigeon' mosaic for the St Thomas Railway Arches adjacent to our salerooms.

Emma Rodgers was a rather less well known until she was recently commissioned to produce a bronze of Cilla Black to stand outside the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The sale has three of her sculptures: a rather visceral slab built stoneware 'Raging Bull' (CC03/257); a haunting small bronze 'Leaping Hare' (CC03/265) and a group of three bronze 'Beach Dancers' (CC03/258).

There are also a number of contemporary jewellery pieces in the sale including a Georg Jensen large open work silver necklace that certainly has a groovy 1970s appeal to it (CC03/255).

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Nic SainteyNic Saintey

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100