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Sale SS7: The Butler Collection of Works of Art

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Tuesday, 10th March 2020

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Works of Art Sale

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The sale of The Butler Collection of Works of Art to be held at our Okehampton Street salerooms in Exeter.

This auction has 481 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to offer at auction on the 10th March 2020 a fascinating personal collection of furniture and works of art formed by Roderick and Valentine Butler at their home, Marwood House, in Honiton.

Roderick joined his father Noel in the family antiques business in 1957 and met his future wife Valentine, who trained as a cabinet maker, when she came to work for the Butlers in 1969. They married in 1973 and bought Marwood House from Roderick’s mother.

Among some exceptional furniture from the collection is a William & Mary walnut and feather banded lowboy with an estimate of £12,000-£15,000 (SS07/528).

Over the subsequent years, the business flourished and will continue to do so in the future at Marwood House. The bulk of items traded or kept were acquired largely in the West Country, testimony to the huge range of goods that was readily available in the pre-Internet days and their private collection developed and grew out of this.

Over the years, several fascinating research projects and exhibitions were held at Marwood House and many of these exhibits are included in the forthcoming sale. Selling the collection through present day Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood marks a long and cordial relationship between the Butler family and the firm. Indeed, several pieces in the sale were bought from Bearnes in Torquay in the late 1950s, including the Fulford bed hangings, the George III standing corner cupboard and the three Ramsay MacDonald Prime Ministerial seals (SS07/182).

The sale of nearly 500 lots offers an extremely diverse range of objects with estimates ranging from £50 to £20,000. For example, a claret jug of Royal Interest (SS07/014), estimated at £3,000-£4,000; a 15th century bronze cauldron (SS07/462),estimated at £5,000-£7,000; and an 18th Century brass pocket ring sundial, estimated at £300-£400.

The auctioneers wish to emphasise that the sale will offer the private collection of the Butlers from Marwood House. However they are not moving home and the business will continue from the showrooms adjacent to the house.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Telephone: +44 (01392) 413100