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Sale FS30: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 19th April 2016
Until Wednesday, 20th April 2016

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Two Day Fine Art Sale

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Two Day Fine Art Sale with European and Oriental Ceramics, Glass, Pictures, Works of Art, Clocks, Watches, Jewellery and Furniture

This auction has 800 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

So often with art objects, it is the story behind them that adds context and colour to what might seem a mundane object and so it is with one of the first lots in the forthcoming Fine Sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

A Birmingham silver bowl (FS30/5) is not a rare thing and whilst the inscription indicates it was given as a wedding gift to the daughter of society artist James Jebusa Shannon by The Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1912, it is the maker that is of interest. Whilst not politically correct, the bowl was made by the Duchess of Sutherland's Cripples Guild, a charitable organisation that was formed in 1898 to help children injured whilst working in the Stoke potteries and provided them with surgical assistance, appliances and education.

Whilst little is known about this philanthropic organisation, it seems the Duchess had 'Arts and Crafts' silver and metal wares produced in Stoke and then retailed them through a Bond Street premises (they would even undertake to reproduce your own design) with all profits going to the worthy cause.

The Cripples Guild continued through World War I, when the Duchess volunteered as a nurse, up until 1922. As a follower of fashion the Duchess may well have worn the far from mundane Art Deco platinum, gold, emerald and diamond bracelet (FS30/193) in the sale that is estimated at £4,000-£5,000 but who knows perhaps she would have given it away.

The sale also has a large offering of traditional paintings, miniatures and drawing, but also includes a number of contemporary and Modern British works, which are currently 'on trend', perhaps the pick being the vibrant pen, ink and water colour landscape of Menerbes by John Piper (FS30/280) or for those with shallower pockets there is a lithograph after Eric Ravilious for a child's handkerchief (FS30/291) - wonderful to think that something so everyday can also be seen as something rather special.

The objects that high status Chinese might have required for their journey 'after death' are perhaps far from ordinary, but in essence they would be the essential things required to get by in their new life. These would have included food, accommodation and transport, but also a whole retinue of staff,which included soldiers, concubines and musicians.

The sale has a good offering of the above dating primarily from the Han and Tang Dynasties including a large camel (FS30/473), a group carrying a sedan chair (FS30/494) with estimates from just £200 it is not a lot for objects nearly 2,000 years old!

The Chinese language might well be a mystery to most of us, but with the use of a cryptographic cipher machine (FS30/719) you and a co-conspirator could happily encode any message in your native tongue and make it a mystery to everyone else. It has a feeling of great quality and weight to it and enclosed in a red morocco case, it is a real rarity dating from the late 18th century, hence the estimate of £3.000-£50,00.

Finally day two of the sale is completed with furniture ranging from the rustic to the luxurious. Firmly in the former camp is an Orkney Islands chair (FS30/790) constructed from pine, straw and rope. It has a practical and robust look to it unlike the playful and frivolous Black Forest linden wood stick stand in the form of a standing bear (FS30/907) or indeed the practical but swanky Louis Vuitton travelling trunk (FS30/921).

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 19th April 2016 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 19th April 2016 12:30pm
    Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 101)
  • Tuesday, 19th April 2016 2:30pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 251)
  • Wednesday, 20th April 2016 10:00am
    Oriental and European Ceramics and Glassware (starting at lot 451)
  • Wednesday, 20th April 2016 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 591)
  • Wednesday, 20th April 2016 2:30pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 781)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100