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Sale EX228: Antiques and Interiors

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Tuesday, 21st May 2019

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 644 fine art lots.

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Sale Notes

Whilst the taking of recreational snuff is a habit that has largely fallen from popularity, the collecting of decorative boxes has not. The next sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood has a collection of seven snuff boxes that no self-respecting gentleman would be seen without. Dating from the first half of the 19th century and most usually made from papier mache, far from being fragile things, they were robust enough to be carried and let’s face it, have lasted nearly two centuries. The lids were often decorated with portraits of historical or biblical figures, though dashing military officers are the most popular.

Also on offer is a Russian papier mache box decorated with a troika that has a silvered interior, suggesting that it may have been a tea caddy.

Rather more swanky is a silver dressing table box, the hinged cover embossed with peasants dancing in the fields. Dating from 1908, it is perhaps a rather incongruous depiction of the rural idyll, but one doubts any of the merrymaking rustics could have owned such a luxury item.

Probably also for a ladies dressing table, the auctioneers are offering a rather quirky Continental milk glass flask in the form of a bird, though arguably it could also be used for a surreptitious tipple,which might rather account for its rather psychedelic decoration (EX228/8).

 A more traditional way of imbibing ones liquor comes in the form of a late 18th century Worcester porcelain tankard printed in blue with a fishing scene, but unlike our charming rustics, this highbrow piece is given the haughty title ‘La Peche’ (EX228/ 71).

And finally, staying with the more traditional tastes,there is a rather sleek Japanese cloisonné vase that looks to be temptingly estimated below £100.

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