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Sale FS34: Two Day Fine Art Sale

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From Tuesday, 11th April 2017
Until Wednesday, 12th April 2017

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 1114 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

The next sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood is substantial, having nearly 1,300 lots available to a worldwide live bidding audience and as the inscription states on the back of a Shapland & Petter arts and crafts bench ‘Welcome Ever Smiles’ (FS34/1281).

The same might well be said of the gilt bronze Art Deco figure of ‘The Dancer of Lebanon’ (FS34/1053). She is sleek, elegant and very inviting and worth every penny of her £4,000-£6,000 pre-sale estimate. However, when it comes to portraying female beauty, Franz Xaver Winterhalter is an artist who probably has no equal, which is why he was so in demand by European royalty and those with dynastic pretentions. It was said he was able to combine likeness with just enough flattery and was able to soften the impact of pomp with modern fashion. It was a tightrope he managed to walk successfully as evidenced by his portrait of Therese Freifrau von Bethmann (FS34/593) attired in a sumptuous gown and a diamond ring.

Whilst the sale has a wide and varied selection of diamond and other precious stones, it also includes a good selection of watches including a Patek Phillipe (FS34/208), a Rolex (FS34/213), Hermes (FS34/215) and two Tag Heuers, but it is a gold mourning brooch decorated with an urn anchor and weeping willow and the caption ‘Nelson’ (FS34/342) that draws ones attention. Not necessarily as it is a reminder of the sacrifice made by the admiral, but more because it suggests a kind of hero worship that just doesn’t occur in modern society. There is also a pottery ‘faux bronze’ library bust of Wellington (FS34/788), which whilst not so much of a personal memento, does rather echo the same sentiments. Elsewhere in the ceramics section, there is a large Bristol delft bowl (FS34/775), rare for its size and bold Oriental inspired polychrome decoration.

Not everything in the sale requires deep pockets, often it is the quirky and sentimental that draws attention and, perhaps, in this category one could include a charming William IV silver dog collar (FS34/83), estimated at £50-£80. It would mean you would have enough left over to treat your pampered pooch to a velvet cushion and a bone should you so wish. And for the person who has everything perhaps a Cary Waywiser (FS34/906) would be in order as a rather smart mahogany and brass surveying tool. It is somewhat coach built and certainly more attractive than a ‘Fit Bit’ when it comes to counting your steps.

Order of Sale

The order of sale will be:-

  • Tuesday, 11th April 2017 10:00am
    Silver (starting at lot 1)
  • Tuesday, 11th April 2017 12:30pm
    Watches and Jewellery (starting at lot 201)
  • Tuesday, 11th April 2017 2:30pm
    Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Pictures (starting at lot 451)
  • Wednesday, 12th April 2017 10:00am
    Oriental and European Ceramcs and Glass (starting at lot 701)
  • Wednesday, 12th April 2017 12:30pm
    Works of Art and Clocks (starting at lot 872)
  • Wednesday, 12th April 2017 2:30pm
    Furniture (starting at lot 1110)

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Rachel LittlewoodRachel Littlewood

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100