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Works of Art and Clocks

Martin McIlroy heads this large and diverse department. Consultants and assistant cataloguers also provide invaluable input and Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are well known in the Fine Art world for offering accurately catalogued and desirable objects, which are fresh to market.

The variety of items that come under the heading Works of Art grows annually: there is Engineering and Scientific, Tapestry and Stumpwork, fans, needlework samplers, Chinese metalwares, ivories and jades, Japanese metal wares and ivories, Ethnic art, Antiquities, Objet de vertu, Architectural works of art, barometers, lighting – the list verges upon the infinite.

The department is also responsible for clocks, which are overseen by our Clock Consultant Leigh Extence. He meticulously values, researches and catalogues the clocks within the Quarterly Fine Art Sales and is regularly on hand to inspect carriage clocks, mantel clocks, bracket clocks, wall clocks and longcase clocks that you may be thinking of selling.

The Works of Art and Clocks Department contributes an extensive section within the four Fine Art Sales each year, in addition to offering many lots in the weekly auctions in both Exeter and Honiton.

If you have an item you believe to be valuable, you can take advantage of our 'free verbal advice' service either at home or by bringing the articles to one of our salerooms. We can find byers for even the most obscure articles and whatever you wish to sell, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood can help you present it to discerning buyers worldwide.

News and Articles

Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Cats Playing Tennis. Martin McIlroy, Head of the Works of Art Department, looks at Austrian cold painted bronzes of cats. He examines why cats became such a popular subject for artists such as Franz Bergman (1838-1894).
An 1815 Needlework Sampler produced at the time of the Battle of Waterloo. Martin McIlroy, Head of the Works of Art Department, looks at the development of needlework samplers through the 19th Century by looking at four such needlework samplers coming up for auction in our Spring 2016 Fine Sale in April 2016.
A Staunton pattern chess set (FS10/484) in the usual boxwood and ebony. Martin McIlory, Head of the Works of Art Department, discusses the evolution of chess sets and the various patterns commonly found from various parts of the World.

Valuation Appointments

The Works of Art and Clocks Department can arrange to visit you whether you are looking to sell your works of art or clocks, or would just like an insurance valuation.


Martin McIlroyMartin McIlroy
Department Head

Leigh ExtenceLeigh Extence
Clock Consultant

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