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Christopher Hampton is the Managing Director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood and the Head of the Furniture Department. He is based at Exeter in Devon.
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 14 April 2014

The Regency era ran from 1812 to 1820, although the term often refers to a more extended period from 1795 to the end of WIlliam IV's reign.

Regency furniture is generally elaborately decorated with Classical and Egyptian influences.

In the furniture auction ( to be held on 30th April 2014) of the three day Spring 2014 Quarterly Fine Art Sale, there is a good selection of Regency furniture being offered for auction.

For example, there is a Regency rosewood and carved giltwood library table (FS22/920).

A Regency rosewood and carved giltwood library table (FS22/920)

It has a rectangular top with rounded corners and a gilt reeded edge, containing two short drawers in the frieze with central raised gilt panel of scrolling acanthus, anthemions and central flowerhead. It measures 128cm x 67cm and has a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£7,000.

A Regency carved rosewood scroll end settee is also being offered (FS22/915).

A Regency carved rosewood scroll end settee (FS22/915)

It has an upholstered padded back with shaped paper scroll top rail and reeded and paterae ornament. The upholstered ends have paterae, husk and reeded ornament. It carries a modest estimate of £300-£500.

There is also a later Regency period settee (FS22/918). which carries a pre-sale estimate of £400-£600.

A Late Regency carved rosewood scroll end settee (FS22/918)

This is just a small selection of the items of Regency furniture on offer in the furniture section of the  Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 30th April 2014.

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Monday, 14 April 2014 10:21:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 29th/30th April 2014 and 1st May 2014 includes a strong furniture section. Amongst some of the more interesting pieces, there is a George III mahogany breakfront secretaire library bookcase (FS22/908).

 

A George III mahogany breakfront secretaire library bookcase (FS22/908)

The upper part of this piece of Georgian furniture has a moulded dentil cornice fitted with adjustable shelves enclosed by a pair of pointed arch astragal glazed panel doors. The lower part has a central hinged fall enclosing a fitted interior with small drawers and pigeon holes about a central enclosed compartment.

The cupboard below is fitted with sliding trays and enclosed by a pair of moulded panel doors, flanked by four small drawers to either side. It measures 192cm (6ft 3 1/2in) wide x 237cm (7ft 9 1/4in) high and is inviting bids of £4,000 - £6,000.

Over the next week or so, I will be sharing some other highlights from the furniture section of this auction,

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:24:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 11 April 2014

Another of the interesting pieces within the furniture auction of the Spring 2014 Fine Art Sale to be held on 30th April 2014 is an oak Gothic Revival sideboard designed by William White for Bishop's Court, Exeter (FS22/932).

an oak gothic revival sideboard designed by william white (fs22/932)

An oak Gothic Revival Sideboard designed by William White (FS22/932)

This piece of Victorian furniture has a mirrored superstructure with a shelf and carved with scrolling foliage and a flowerhead. The base is of breakfront outline with three drawers, flanked by two panelled doors with polychrome decoration and iron strapwork hinges.  The provenance of this sideboard is from the Bishop's Court Sale in September 1994 conducted by Bearne's.

The pre-sale estimate is £3,000-£4,000.

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Friday, 11 April 2014 14:44:17 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 10 April 2014

A familiar name to many, Robert Thompson of Kilburn is well know for his furniture crafted with a carved mouse. Such items have become known as 'Mouseman' and Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are offering a lovely set of 'Mouseman' oak bar stools on day three of  the next Quarterly Fine Sale on 1st May 2014 being part of the Nye Collection of Furniture.

a set of six 'mouseman' oak bar stools by robert thompson of kilburn (fs22/1154)

A set of six 'Mouseman' oak bar stools by Robert Thompson of Kilburn (FS22/1154)

The oval shaped seats are on octagonal splayed legs, with metal foot rests and united by plain stretchers. Each stool is carved with the iconic mouse. Measuring 77.5cm high, this wonderful set of chairs is inviting bids between £4,000 and £6,000.

Day three of the Quarterly Fine Sale (FS22), which will be held at our Exeter salerooms, will include approximately 150 lots of furniture with estimates to suit all pockets. It will then be followed by a selection of ceramics, glass and metalwares.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:33:20 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are delighted to be offering at auction in the Fine Sale on 30th April 2014 a pair of 16th Century Italian carved giltwood and polychrome decorated thrones by the direction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral (FS22/974).

a pair of 16th century italian thrones (fs22/974)

A pair of 16th Century Italian Thrones (FS22/974)

The thrones have high panelled backs with arcaded pendant hung canopies of half dodecogonal form, pierced and decorated with scrolling foliage. The polychrome decorated rectangular panels have female figures and birds amidst scrolling foliage and they have panels with coats of arms to either side.

These pieces of continental furniture were given as a gift to Exeter Cathedral by the Reverend Sir Patrick Ferguson Davie Bt, Circa 1960 of Creedy Park, Devon. The thrones are discussed in Charles Tracy's book Continental Church Furniture in England - A Traffic in Piety, pages 138 -139.

The pre-sale estimate is £10,000-£15,000 and they will be offered along with some 150 other lots of fine furniture on 30th April 2014.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:22:09 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Victorian era is well-known for the various style revivals that gained popularity during the long period of the Queen’s reign. These notably included Gothic, Norman, Medieval, etc. Running alongside these fashions was also a simpler style typified by this bookcase below (FS19/767).

 a victorian mahogany library bookcase (fs19/767)

A Victorian mahogany library bookcase (FS19/767)

Usually mahogany, with curved edges and often applied with simple arched mouldings or with arched glazed panels such as these, this style is found in all types of furniture. Bedroom furniture, such as wardrobes and pot cupboards, are commonly found in this style, but bookcases such as this are also popular. It is a distinctly Victorian style, yet quite simple and unostentatious unlike some of its more exotic contemporaries.

This large sized Victorian mahogany bookcase, measuring 234cm long and 235cm high is inviting bids of £1,000-£1,500 when it is offered in the fine furniture auction on 4th July 2013 as part of our Summer Fine Sale.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 08:15:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 25 June 2013

George Bullock was a cabinet maker who came to prominence in the late 18th and early 19th century. Born in Birmingham, Bullock settled in Liverpool and was in partnership with a mirror manufacturer, selling their wares from premises known as ‘The Grecian Rooms’. This gives a clue to Bullock’s style which is very much associated with the Classical forms associated with the Regency period.

 

Bullock owned marble quarries and this material was much used in his furnishings, not least in fireplaces.

 

In 1813 he moved to London and became well-established as a furniture designer with several important commissions.

  a pair of regency pollard oak rectangular card tables in the manner of george bullock (sf18/1005)

 A pair of Regency pollard oak rectangular card tables in the manner of George Bullock (SF18/1005)

 

Although not directly attributed to him, this pair of card tables (SF18/1005) very much reflect the neo-classical style associated with Bullock. They have rectangular baize lined hinged tops with reel turned edges and moulded panel friezes and are raised on taperinmg moulded panel columns and bevelled stepped rectangular plinths. Measuring 3ft 2in wide (97cm), this super pair of card tables carry a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000 and are being offered as part of the Nye Furniture Collection, the first part of which is to be sold in a special fine sale on Friday, 5th July 2013 at Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:18:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Campaign furniture is a curious area of collecting, as the reason for its existence has long since passed. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Officer class were extracted from the landed gentry. They would often have purchased their commissions and expected a high degree of creature comforts whether they were in action or not. Long military campaigns and extended overland travel were the order of the day and there were plenty of people in the lower orders to fetch and carry. Thus a market developed for furnishings specifically adapted for ease of transportation.

 a 19th century teak and brass mounted campaign chest (fs19/770)

A 19th Century teak and brass mounted campaign chest (FS19/770)

The best known of these is probably the campaign chest which was manufactured in two sections with brass carrying handles at the ends of each section, drawer handles which folded flush against the carcase and brass corner mouldings to strengthen and protect the edges of the piece. As in this example (FS19/770), they would often have secretaire drawers so they could double as a desk. Some examples still appear on the market with their original outer carrying cases which gave greater protection still. They are sought after today as attractive and well-designed pieces of furniture.

The above campaign chest (FS19/770) is being offered for sale in the forthcoming quarterly fine furniture auction on 4th July 2013 as part of our Summer Fine Sale and is expected to fetch £1,000-£1,500.

The furniture department is actually involved in two days of consecutive selling. The first of these is at our Exeter Salerooms on 4th July 2013 as part of ou regularr Fine Art Sale and then the second day comprises the first special sale of the Nye Furniture Collection that is being sold on 5th July 2013 at the Honiton Saleroom in Dowell Street.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:06:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Production of aesthetic style furniture was pretty much limited to the late 19th Century and therefore, as it was not produced for that long a period, there is only a small amount remaining today.

Aesthetic style furniture is characterised by various traits – in particular its Far Eastern Influence, ebonised wood often with gilt highlights, a use of motifs from nature such as flowers, birds and peacock feathers, the use of blue and white porcelain. Nature was the driving force behind this style of furniture. Coloured paintings of birds, flowers and other motifs from nature are regularly used.

 

an aesthetic movement bedroom suite (fs19/793)

 

An Aesthetic Movement Bedroom Suite (FS19/793)  

 

The forthcoming quarterly fine furniture sale on 4th July 2013 includes a bedroom suite with typical aesthetic movement qualities (FS19/793). It is ebonised and gilt line inlaid, typical of the Aesthetic Movement. It comprises a triple section wardrobe, which has a mirror panel door surmounted by four square pottery tiles depicting various birds amidst lilies. It also comprises a dressing table and a pedestal cupboard and is expected to fetch between £500-£1,000.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 12:57:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 26 April 2013

The pair of George III mahogany pedestal urns  (FS18/813) that I recently blogged about exceeded all expectations when they went under the hammer in the fine furniture auction.

a detail of one of the george iii pedestal urns (fs18/813)

A detail of one of the George III pedestal urns (FS18/813)

These George III urns were  zinc lined and ormolu mounted, the detachable covers with beaded and paterae decorated handles and beaded finials, the half reeded bodies with fluted and beaded paterae. The pedestals below had fluted friezes, one was lead lined and the other fitted with three short drawers.

 

the pair of george iii mahogany urns (fs18/813)

The pair of George III mahogany urns (FS18/813)

This fantastic pair of George III mahogany pedestal urns were highly sought after and with six phone bidders and interest from the Internet, they sold for an amazing £350,000 in the quarterly fine art sale on 25th April 2013.

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Friday, 26 April 2013 14:41:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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