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Sale EX212: Antiques and Interiors

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Tuesday, 24th July 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 422 fine art lots.

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Sale Notes

The next Antiques and Interiors Sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood has a healthy selection of Oriental items and amongst them are two porcelain plates (EX212/35) produced for export around 1760 and brightly decorated in famille rose enamels. Although attractive, one has to admire the fact that they would have been transported a 1,000 miles by barge to the only open port in China and then made the six month trip around the globe under sail. It makes their pristine condition all the more remarkable.

Also in the sale is a Canton carved sandalwood card case (EX212/256), intricately detailed on all sides with figures and pagodas. Made at a time when calling cards were an important thing, I feel sure that when the owner produced this it set him apart from other callers and perhaps helped to open a few doors for him? And who knows if the visit went well perhaps they may have reached for a decanter to seal the deal such as the Bristol green glass example (EX212/7) that is on offer adorned with a painted gold label for 'Hollands' – the old name for Dutch gin.

Amongst the silver is a cased set of twelve ivory handled fish knives (EX212/118) the blades beautifully pierced with fish amongst weeds, closely matched with six similar forks they would make a fine adornment to any table, but are fast becoming something of a relic as people are using them less and less.

There is also a rather moody but striking engraving by Norman Wilkinson of the battle cruiser HMS Lion (EX212/168) at anchor in Portsmouth. Built in 1910, she was at the cutting edge of design and armament seeing action in Heligoland, Dogger Bank and Jutland, where she suffered a serious fire and ignominiously was scrapped in 1924 – a life span of less than 15 years!

Finally, on a lighter note, there is a small group of pot lids (EX212/37) decorated with bears that are framed as artworks in their own right though originally would have been covers for pots of Bears Grease, a product that gentlemen would rub on their heads. You have to admire the logic that bears are hairy, therefore, if you apply the rendered fat to your head you're baldness will be cured. If you are thus afflicted then pop down and bid for the lot on Tuesday 24th July 2018!

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100