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Sale EX256: Antiques and Interiors

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Tuesday, 8th December 2020

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 678 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

Included in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s next Antiques & Interiors auction of 8th December 2020 are some rather decorative pieces that have a long connection with the South West.

Everybody is familiar with the floral decorated pigs and cats of both Wemyss and Plichta, but did you know that they did not start to be made in Devon until the 1930s? In 1882, a Czechoslovakian decorator Karel Nekola stared working in a factory in Fife, Scotland and named the pieces Wemyss Ware after the Wemyss family that lived in Wemyss castle, near Fife, and were enthusiastic collectors of his work.

During the Great depression of 1930, the Fife factory closed and the Wemyss trademark was purchased by the Bovey Pottery Company, who continued to make pieces designed by Karel’s son Joseph, who also trained decorators like Ester Weeks. During this time, Jan Plichta ordered pieces from the factory and asked that his name be placed on the bottom for them to be sold throughout his distribution business of wholesale export of pottery and glassware.

The popularity of both Wemyss and Plichta continued throughout the 1980s and continues to be popular with collectors today. They will be eager to obtain this pig stamped 'Ester Weeks' with a pre-sale estimate of £80-£120* (EX256/213) and the seated cat at £70-£90* (EX256/226).

Christmas will certainly be very different in 2020 but there are some traditions that can still take place and be enjoyed. Perhaps a blue Jasperware Stilton dish and cover, estimate £40-£60* (EX256/255), along with a George III silver Stilton scoop dated 1812, estimate £80-£100* (EX256/100), will make things feel a little more like Christmas with a touch of traditional antiques.

Or perhaps something a little more modest like an Arts & Crafts cooper spoon, estimate £30-£40* (EX256/439) or a cloisonné box and cover, estimate £70-£90* (EX256/445) would be an ideal present for an artisanal member of your bubble.

The auction also has a good selection of pictures, furniture, clocks and jewellery.

*Note: All Lots are subject to Buyer’s Premium of 25.2% incl. VAT @ 20%.

Auction Viewing Notes

Please observe our health & safety precautions throughout our salerooms during your visit.

Contact for Sale

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Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100