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Sale EX231: Antiques and Interiors

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Tuesday, 2nd July 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 532 fine art lots.

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Sale Notes

You are probably not aware of who Isaac Van Amburgh is, but then you probably didn’t spend time in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the 1860s and 1870s. The next sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood has a Staffordshire pottery group of him prizing open the jaws of a lion (EX231/69). Contemporary posters referred to him as the ‘Brute Tamer of Pompeii’ and the potters have tried to give him the air of a Roman gladiator, all be it in a rather fetching floral skirt.

Also on offer is a rather splendid silver mounted glass claret jug (EX231/120) that has a whiff of the Victorian about it, but is in fact hall marked for Sheffield 1951. As pastimes go, claret drinking is certainly less injurious than lion wrestling though I do accept nobody is likely to pay to watch the consumption of red wine.

Perhaps a little more traditional in its appeal, the auctioneers are offering an Art Deco lamp in the form of a Pierot and Pierette seated on a glass globe (EX231/325), bearing the signature Exe, it seems very appropriate for an auction house on the banks of the River Exe. Although rather restrained in colour, the polished metal and cog-like embellishment of the clothing provides a nod to the machine age without diminishing its striking decorative appeal.

A rather more modern piece dating from 1963 is a coffee table that has graphic designs by John Piper (EX231/512) who is very much in demand at the moment. The top is printed with a London skyline featuring St Pauls Cathedral and Lincoln’s Inn.

And finally amongst the works of art, you can buy yourself a little piece of history in the form of a small section of the Berlin Wall mounted with a plaque (EX231/353) stating it was taken from the Stein Stucken Sector on 20th January1990.

Who’d have thought that a plywood and melamine coffee table and a piece of concrete on a wooden base would become desirable?

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Okehampton Street, Exeter

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