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Sale EX205: Antiques and Interiors

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Antiques and Interiors Sale

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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 461 fine art lots.

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Sale Notes

It would seem that over the past 100 years not much has changed when it comes to the weather and politics when you look closely at some of the pieces included in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's next Antiques & Interiors Auction on 4th April 2018.

On 11th March 1864, the newly built Dale Dyke Dam on the River Loxley broke whilst being filled for the first time. The subsequent flood killed 238 people, 700 animals and swept away 130 buildings and 15 bridges. The event was recorded and commemorated with the production of nursery plates and similar pottery pieces , three of which are included in the sale with an estimate of £80-£100 (EX205/53).

The Act for Marriages in 1836 allowed marriages to be registered in other religious buildings rather than those of Quakers, Jews and the Church Of England. Catholics and other Christian groups were at last able to have their own ceremonies. This event was again celebrated by the production of commemorative plates like those included in the sale, estimate £80-£100.(EX205/49)

Political and social events today may be flashed around the world in an instant thanks to the wonders of social media, but they are soon forgotten over time. It’s pieces like the Staffordshire pottery flask of Richard Oastler (1789-1861) (EX205/54) that are wonderful reminders of history rather than a hashtag or a selfie. Even the carved wooden caricatures of Churchill and Atlee (EX205/322) are interesting reminders of the political figures of the past and at a £40-£50 estimate they will attract collectors. It may be the fashion to have a minimalist approach to interior décor in the 21st century, but it does may make life a bit dull. Maybe that’s why even small pieces like the Britain’s Beatrix Potter figures and the Commemorative jug of the opening of the Clifton suspension bridge (EX205/39) are interesting and collectables 100 years after they were produced. I certainly can’t imagine a commemorative piece being made for the umpteenth series of stalking the Kardashians! So take a look at the auction and discover true history at your fingertips.

Auction Viewing Notes

Note that this sale is on WEDNESDAY due to the bank holiday weekend and that the only dedicated viewing day is on Tuesday.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100