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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, April 14, 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, April 14, 2014 10:21:09 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Saturday, April 12, 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, April 12, 2014 9:24:46 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, April 11, 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, April 11, 2014 2:44:17 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, April 10, 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, April 10, 2014 3:33:20 PM (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, April 10, 2014 3:22:09 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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