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Sale FS32: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 4th October 2016
Until Wednesday, 5th October 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 1020 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

Kingsnympton Park is something of a hidden gem, a discrete Grade I listed property nestling quietly in the rolling hills of North Devon, the type of property any auctioneer would give their eye teeth to receive instruction from. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are pleased to be tasked with selling a good number of choice pieces from the estate.

Amongst them is a rare set of twelve Chinese Chippendale chairs (FS32/1140) specially made for the house in 1754 by Exeter furniture maker Joshua Lewis and also an 18th century brass sundial (FS32/759) by John Bird who was also responsible for making an 8ft quadrant for the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Although a very much smaller, the sale also boasts a substantial doll's house (FS32/740) dated to 1803, which is being sold with all its contents and estimated at £8,000-£12,000 is certainly out of pocket money range and more likely to sell to a grown up.

One is constantly amazed at the quirky objects that these selected quarterly sales contain. Take for instance an early 19th century coconut grater (FS32/753), an adjustable larkspit (FS32/752) or perhaps the rather over engineered and somewhat unnecessary patented Tiffany egg cup (FS32/7), which is made from silver plate and has a locking screw to clamp your egg in place and a hinged cutter to allow precision opening of one’s breakfast egg – surely a surprise gift for the person that has everything.

Perhaps a present more readily accepted by that special person in your life might come in the form of a 19th century gold, silver and diamond running fox brooch (FS32/177) that has pre-sale expectations of £700-£900. You’d have to hunt far and wide to see another one.

Remaining with the sporting theme, there is also a colourful and dynamic example of Peter Biegel’s work, an oil on canvas (FS32/456) depicting the Tally Ho Chase, Lingfield, 20th February 1960.

Growing trends in the Picture market are seeing an eagerness to acquire so called ‘Mod Brit’ works and this sale caters well for current tastes with works by John Piper (FS32/337), Eric Gill (FS32/305) and Paul Nash (FS32/336).

Finally, whilst both are decorated in blue and white, the star lots in the ceramics section are both rarities in their own right. The first of these is a Southwark delft fuddling cup (FS32/583) dating from the 1650s and used in bawdy drinking games. The fact that this quirky piece survived over three and a half centuries in pristine condition is a marvel. More upmarket and perhaps a little more esoteric, there is a Vauxhall porcelain vase (FS32/642), dating from 1755-58. It was based on a design used at Vincennes and with the quality and pedigree that fully deserves its price tag of £3,000-£5,000, despite a small rim chip. If you desire it I am sure you’ll be in good company.

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 4th October 2016 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 4th October 2016 12:30pm
    Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 131)
  • Tuesday, 4th October 2016 2:30pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 301)
  • Wednesday, 5th October 2016 10:00am
    Ceramics and Glass (starting at lot 501)
  • Wednesday, 5th October 2016 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 701)
  • Wednesday, 5th October 2016 2:30pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 951)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100