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Sale EX64: Antiques and Collectables

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Saturday, 16th March 2013

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Antiques and Collectables (including Silver and Jewellery)

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Regular Antiques and Collectables Auction of glass, oriental, works of art, books, collectables, pictures and furniture held at our Exeter salerooms with selected silver and jewellery lots as well as a substantial amount of ceramics, including Chinese porcelain from the Tek Sing wreck.

This auction has 826 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

The sale (which is on a Saturday) starts with nearly 170 lots of jewellery which includes a charming 19th century Grand Tour micro mosaic bracelet that has six intricate panels depicting Italian views that include Rimini and The Forum. (EX64/88) Hallowing from the days when tourism was the premise of the rich and when smart newly weds would travel the Continent to choose their furniture and art. However a more affordable piece of luxury comes in the form of a white and pink paste brooch and matching ear-rings (EX64/89) estimated at £200-£300 or for the individual who has everything why not give them a Tiffany silver egg slicer, (EX64/224) though by the time one has clamped the soft boiled egg in place and surgically removed it's top and then extricated it from the device ones soldiers would doubtless be soggy.

There is also 100 lots of Chinese porcelain on offer salvaged from the wreck of the trading junk the Tek Sing (translated as the True Star) There are individual pieces and job lots of fifty with estimates ranging from £20-£500.(EX64/405) Many of the plates, bowls and vases are encrusted with coral and shells having been under the Indonesian sea for 177 years. The Tek Sing sank on 6th February 1822 with the loss of over 1800 lives (more than were lost on the Titanic) before it was discovered and salvaged in 1999. Staying in Eastern waters there is also a charming Japanese carved ivory sectional okimono of a travelling musician laden down with drums (EX64/654).

Tea provides something of a link between the East and the West and brewed in the humble teapot it is a drink familiar to all, however not all teapots were for making tea they could also be given as presentation pieces. Such is the case with bargeware often referred to as Measham it was actually made in Church Gresley. This misattribution is due to the fact that they were ordered by bargees on their outward journey at Measham naively decorated with flowers and birds and then personalised in time for collection on the return trip. They were ideal for birthdays, weddings and presentations as the inscription on the illustrated example show 'A present for Mam & Dad from Beat & Bert', (EX64/561) there are eleven bargeware teapots on offer including a gallon example.

Also in the ceramics section is a large collection of Staffordshire pottery that includes a multitude of portrait figures, exotic animals including a leopard group (EX64/546) and a very striking cheese dish and cover in the form of a bulls head at £100-£200 (EX64/510) it doesn't seem a lot for such prime beef. Amongst the Staffordshire are a multitude of pastille burners, typically in the form of small cottages they would contain a smouldering sweet smelling tablet that would mask the pungent odour of Georgian and Victorian limbs that had been buttoned and breeched for too long.

Finally if your taste is a little more decorative and traditional then you could do worse than bid on the oil painting of two terriers rabbiting painted in the manner of George Armfield (EX64/718) it could grace your walls for £50-£80 or take a photograph of your own terriers with the Leica M2 camera (EX64/663) for £200-£300.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100