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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T Robins [early 18th century] Portraits of a lady
T Robins [early 18th century] Portraits of a lady and a gentleman each half-length standing signed and dated T Robins Delin 1714 a pair of pencil drawings ovals, each 9.5 x 7.5cm, within contemporary moulded wood frames. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
A Victorian gold guard chain of various style
A Victorian gold guard chain of various style links interspersed with pierced long bar links, 161cm long. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
Attributed to Nicholas Berchem (1620-1683 Flemish)
Attributed to Nicholas Berchem (1620-1683 Flemish) Travellers with animals on a mountain pass bears an indistinct inscription etched on the reverse, N. Berchem 1670? oil sketch on copper 9 x 11cm Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
A First Period Worcester teapot and cover, of
A First Period Worcester teapot and cover, of globular form, printed in blue with a 'three flowers' pattern, circa 1770 - 1780, the semi domed cover with flower knop finial, hatched crescent mark, 14cm high. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
Five Chinese blue and white porcelain tea bowls
Five Chinese blue and white porcelain tea bowls with saucers. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
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Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
St Edmund's Court
Okehampton Street
Exeter
Devon EX4 1DU
enquiries@bhandl.co.uk
+44 (0)1392 413100
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