Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood was formed by the merger of two auction houses, Bearne's and Hampton & Littlewood, in 2009, bringing together expertise from the two firms to form the largest auction house in the South West of England. The firm covers Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, and utilises online platforms to attract buyers from around the world.

Hampton & Littlewood had been established in Exeter since 2001, specialising in antique books, maritime items and sporting memorabilia, while Bearne's has a longer history. The firm can chart its history back to the establishment of Bearne's auction rooms in Torquay, in 1945. The firm's first record at auction came in 1963 with the sale of a Spode dinner service from Saltram House on behalf of The National Trust for £3,400. Over the years, Bearne's specialists have unearthed several other important works of art, including an unrecorded Hogarth portrait, which sold in 1967 for £24,000. In 1968 Bearne's identified a wooden Hawaiian bowl, which Captain Cook had brought back to England from his third voyage, and had been in the collection of Sir Ashton Lever; it sold for £15,000, which at that time was a world record for any item of ethnographic art.

In 1976, Bearne's formed a close association with Sotheby's, and the Torquay business operated under the name of Sotheby Bearne until 1982. Bearne's later relocated to Exeter, where it still conducts its sales in purpose-built salerooms.

As a founding member of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA), Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood is committed to the highest standards of ethics, probity and performance and have a long track record for identifying, valuing and selling fine art, antiques and collectables.

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A George V silver Old English pattern flatware
A George V silver Old English pattern flatware service by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company Ltd, London 1931:, comprising - twenty-three table spoons, twelve dessert spoons, twelve table forks (three 1930, two 1929), ten dessert forks, soup ladle, gravy spoon, a pair of sauce ladle, a set of twelve dessert knives (1930), a set of twelve fish knives and twelve matching forks, Sheffield (1931), a pair of fish servers, (London 1930), two teaspoons, two coffee spoons, also various bone handled table and dessert knives etc, total weight of weighable silver 128ozs, contained in an fitted oak canteen. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
Attributed to Emanuel Costa (1833-1913
Attributed to Emanuel Costa (1833-1913 French/Italian) - Fishermen in The Bay of Naples - signed bottom left, oil on board, 38.5 x 58.5cm. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
A 19th century gilt metal desk inkstand in the
A 19th century gilt metal desk inkstand in the form of a goat with twin baskets strapped across its back, each basket with a glass liner, on a naturalistic base, 15cm. wide. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
A silver sovereign and a half sovereign case of
A silver sovereign and a half sovereign case of oval outline, with foliate decorated lid, maker EJH, Birmingham, 1910. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
A C.H. Brannam (Barnstaple) pottery vase of
A C.H. Brannam (Barnstaple) pottery vase of globular form with raised neck and three asymmetric handles the textured body sgrafitto decorated on green and chocolate slips with fish amongst weeds, 40 cm high, incised C.H. Brannam, Barum, 1893 and W.L.B. for William Baron, glue repair to rim. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
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Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
St Edmund's Court
Okehampton Street
Devon EX4 1DU
+44 (0)1392 413100