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Sale EX202: Antiques and Interiors

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Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Antiques and Interiors Sale (with Selected Jewellery)

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Regular Antiques and Interiors Auction of ceramics, glass, works of art, collectables, pictures and furniture held at our Okehampton Street salerooms in Exeter.

This auction has 990 fine art lots.

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Sale Notes

The story of a boy who began as a cleaner of animal cages, who rose to become one of Queen Victoria’s favourite amusements, certainly sounds like an unusual story. However, a Staffordshire figure included in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s next Antiques & Interiors Auction of the 20th February 2018 reveals a fascinating tale.

The figure of a bearded man in what appears to be a kilt and robe battling a lion could perhaps be biblical reference to Sampson and the Lion, or indeed the impressive Mr Isaac A van Amburgh (1808-1865) (EX202/473).

Though he began cleaning animal cages,Isaac van Amburgh had an aptitude for training wild animals and developed his show to become the largest travelling England in the 1840s. Queen Victoria saw the show on numerous occasions and was so impressed she commissioned Edwin Landseer to paint a portrait of ‘Isaac van Amburgh and his Animals’.

It is interesting that a simple figure included in the sale at an estimate of £50-£70 reveals a tale that many people would never know unless it became a major Hollywood film!

Also included in the sale is a German bisque figure of Queen Victoria herself (EX202/472). Standing dressed in ceremonial robes, it depicts her in the style that many associate when thinking of her and was produced in celebration of her Jubilee in 1896 (Estimate £80-£120).

The auction also includes a good selection of furniture, pictures and works of art including an Art Deco pewter tea set by Warric (Estimate £60-£80) (EX202/706) and a group of late Victorian horse brasses and martingales (Estimate £100-£150) (EX202/768) .

Contact for Sale

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Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100