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Sale HO64: Antiques and Collectables

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Tuesday, 5th February 2013

Dowell Street, Honiton

Antiques and Collectables Sale

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Regular Antiques and Collectables Auction of ceramics, glass, oriental, works of art, books, collectables, pictures and furniture held at our Honiton salerooms.

This auction has 315 fine art lots.

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Sale Notes

Design, fashion and functionality may sound like a 21st Century advertising slogan. However, it is possibly the best way to describe the quality and craftsmanship of many items produced in the late Victorian period that will be on offer in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's next Antiques and Collectors sale of 5th February 2013, at their Dowell Street salerooms in Honiton, Devon.

Samuel Morden is a name, perhaps, some may recognise from silver object du vertu and propelling pencils. The set of brass scales in this sale is one of the more unusual items by Morden to appear at auction. Constructed entirely from brass, rather than with a wooden base, these scales are sturdy enough for the Victorian postal system (though they would not be able to judge a large letter from a small parcel by today's strict requirements). Collectors are likely to bid well for a set of scales by Morden to complete their desk ensemble and with such sturdy construction, they will surely last another 100 years.

Souvenirs today are often inexpensive and cheap items that are soon thrown in a drawer somewhere around the house. The Victorians knew how to do things in style, as we can see from the quality of the burr walnut needlework casket. Though it has suffered a little from being stored away for many years, the quality still remains. The burr of the wood is attractively decorated with the mother of pearl inlay, which continues inside with the mother of pearl handled sewing instruments. Cherished, rather than used, it will no doubt attract bidders with an estimate of £80-£120.

Design icons are not just a product of the pop generation. Many were established in the late Victorian period and copied again in the 20th century. Of the designs and fashions of the late Victorian period, Art Nouveau has, perhaps, had the longest and most far reaching effects. The swirling naturalistic form of the vines and plants used for the decoration of the two handled bowl by Tudric is a good example of the taste of the period and could easily be seen reinterpreted in many of the posters and designs of the psychedelic 60s. Art Nouveau is still highly desirable in the market today and even though this piece is missing the original liner it should still attract buyers at an estimate of £60-£100.

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Dowell Street, Honiton