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Sale EX161: Antiques and Interiors

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From Tuesday, 7th June 2016
Until Wednesday, 8th June 2016

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Two Day Antiques and Interiors (including Jewellery) Sale

  • Sale
  • Lots


Regular Antiques and Collectables Auction of ceramics, glass, oriental, works of art, books, collectables, pictures and furniture held at our Exeter salerooms with selected jewellery lots.

This auction has 1179 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

Pot lids, the pottery covers to pots of toothpaste, meat paste, potted shrimps and the like were perhaps one of the earliest and most effective forms of advertising so much so that many are framed as works of art in their own right. Amongst the most sought after are those decorated with Bear subjects. From the 17th century until the First World War, Bears Grease was considered as an effective treatment for hair loss in men under the naive assumption that they were hairy and, therefore, the rendered fat of the bear when applied to the scalp would promote hair growth. Other pot lid rarities on offer in the next two day sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood include a framed example celebrating the Great Exhibition of 1851, held in the truly astounding purpose-built Crystal Palace (EX161/733).

Equally dramatic, but occurring on the other side of contemporary Europe, there is a pair of Neapolitan gouaches showing the 1850 eruption of Vesuvius during the day and also lighting up the night sky around Naples (EX161/926). One wonders how one might have had the nerve to calmly paint a major eruption when I for one would have other things on my mind, like getting on the first train to anywhere. In which case, the boxed Hornby tin plate clockwork locomotive (EX161/426) in Great Western livery might be a good investment at only £30-£50.

Finally, the owner of a pampered pooch, loved it so much that they could not bear to be without their company even after death. I must say even though it has been stuffed, mounted on a favourite cushion and is protected by a glazed display case (EX161/1100), the dog looks very lifelike and has a fixed pensive gaze that would pluck at the heart strings of any dog owner. Quite what the makers of hair care products would do with this charming canine is anyone's guess.

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 7th June 2016 10:00am
    Day 1 (starting at lot 1)
  • Wednesday, 8th June 2016 10:00am
    Day 2 (starting at lot 700)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100