Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood was established in 2009 when two companies, Bearne’s and Hampton & Littlewood, combined to create an auction house with expertise in fine art auctions and valuations. Bearne’s had been set up in 1945 and Hampton & Littlewood in 2001.

The company covers the south-west of England – Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset and Devon and holds regular auctions from its saleroom in Exeter.


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Five lots to watch at auction this week including Churchill chairs, a portrait miniature collection and Sèvres porcelain

08 July 2019

With estimates from £100-70,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a rare pair of Jagger statues, a Winston Churchill letter and an Indian toy soldier

10 June 2019

With estimates from £500-400,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Foreign visitors go on a journey to Exeter

20 May 2019

Topped by an eight-times estimate £19,500 Momoyama ‘Namban’ cabinet (ATG No 2391), Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Exeter on April 16 had other estimate-busting lots from abroad.

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Dearth of dedicated sales but rich pickings still emerge at multi-discipline auctions

06 May 2019

While dedicated sales of English and Continental ceramics are rarer beasts in the saleroom calendar these days, the traditional mixed-discipline regional sales are a repository for plenty of material from the main factories of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Players, poets, printers and pedallers

25 March 2019

A table game published by John Wallis called The Mirror of Truth was one of two notable juvenilia lots in the opening children’s and illustrated books section of a March 6 Devon sale.

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Spotting rare red Chelsea squirrels in Exeter

18 March 2019

Rare examples of early English porcelain are still capable of remarkable sums.

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Jerusalem church model goes to Jerusalem buyer

04 March 2019

The sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (plus 21% buyer’s premium) on January 29 – an event dominated by the multi-estimate performance of a Qianlong mark vase in the Ming taste sold at £460,000 (see ATG No 2378) – also included a hardwood (probably olivewood), bone and mother-of-pearl inlaid model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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Bidders answer the call of the sea

11 February 2019

Works by two artists who made the ocean their muse were the focus of a small collection at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) on January 29.

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What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Five auction highlights including a replica 'Alfred Jewel' and a Chelsea squirrel

01 February 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a Chelsea white-glazed model of a red squirrel and a 17th century portrait miniature.

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Chinese vase smashes Exeter saleroom record taking £460,000 at auction

31 January 2019

The potential for vendors, and auctioneers, to strike it rich in the field of Chinese works of art is alive and well.

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Four lots to watch at auction this week including a Lowry sketch and a John Knibb clock

28 January 2019

With estimates from £400-40,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Seven fabulous gadgets and machines to buy at auction

25 January 2019

Contraptions from the past can be fascinating, whether designed to save time or entertain.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

21 January 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Five items to watch at auctions this week including a René Lalique belt buckle featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow

12 November 2018

From a René Lalique belt buckle featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow in April to a vase celebrating George III’s recovery from illness, here are five highlights from upcoming sales this week.

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Explorer Hanbury-Tenison comes closer to home for his taste in art

12 November 2018

Alongside living with bushmen in Africa, visiting 33 native tribes in Brazil and riding the length of the Great Wall of China, the Cornish-based explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison (b.1936) also found time to pursue another passion – one much closer to home.

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Chairs sit pretty in salerooms among furniture auction selections

22 October 2018

At a time when catering for niche interests is a profitable path for auctioneers, recent sales in Scotland, Ireland and England have shown that the furniture market can still come to life – provided it meets three criteria.

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What to buy: Five auctions to watch this week (October 8-14 2018)

08 October 2018

From studio pottery in Macclesfield to jewellery in Birmingham, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Get your Gentlemen’s Gaiters here!

01 October 2018

A collection of fashion books and plates offered as part of an Exeter sale on September 12 was led at £1050 by an 1831, second edition of John Jackson’s The Improved Tailor’s Aera.

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Previews: £30,000 Plus

01 October 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Play your Panko card at Exeter auction

03 September 2018

Complete with 48 cards and rules sheet, and still in its original, if slightly fragile case with printed label, Panko, or Votes for Women… is a sort of ‘Rummy’- inspired card game pitching Suffragists against Anti-Suffragists.

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