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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Naval success was right on the money

16 March 2020

A First World War medal fashioned from a Mexican eight reales coin was an unusual feature of a group sold at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on February 19.

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Shelley ceramics, a Queen Anne silver bowl and a Saxon silver penny – five lots to watch at auction this week

09 March 2020

With estimates from £600-15,000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2000 including a Walter Greaves Thames work on paper

10 February 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Walter Greaves Thames scene.

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Portrait of England's 'last professional jester' brings major competition

03 February 2020

This 18th century English provincial school full-length portrait depicts the jester Black John. He was in the employ of the famously eccentric John Arscott (1718-88) of the Tetcott estate in Devon, said to be the last man in England to keep a professional jester.

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Global selection offered at Exeter sale

03 February 2020

With an Irish silver ‘seal salver’ gleaming at the first Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) sale of the year (ATG No 2427), Italy, China and Russia provided other highlights.

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Modified Irish seal salver brings £9200 in Exeter sale

27 January 2020

On the death of the monarch, or when a statesman left office, it was required by law that any seals of royal authority be broken and defaced.

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Wyndham Lewis portrait sells in Exeter

06 January 2020

A bid of £5000 from a Contemporary art gallery in London secured this post-war portrait by the writer and Vorticist painter Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957).

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Canine study makes tidy sum

11 November 2019

A flurry of bids emerged for this late-17th century canine study at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter (23% buyer’s premium).

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £3250 including a Stanley Spencer sketch

04 November 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including a Stanley Spencer sketch.

Buyer makes Suffrage choice

30 September 2019

Bearing a modest estimate of £50-75 but sold instead at £800 by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) on September 4 was a copy of 'Women’s Suffrage: a Short History of a Great Movement' (1912) by that renowned campaigner for women’s political rights, Millicent Garrett Fawcett.

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Mummy rises to a shock result in Exeter auction

16 September 2019

The second published work of the ‘flower book lady’ has no other auction appearance

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Buyer has no fear of the unknown as pocket globe leads Exeter auction

16 September 2019

A pocket globe with some areas still a mystery leads a maritime auction at Exeter saleroom Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

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Southern salerooms awash with varied array of eye-catching maritime art

26 August 2019

A clutch of 19th and 20th century marine and maritime pictures attracted competitive bidding in summer sales held at three auction houses in southern England.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a vintage petrol pump, George II candlesticks and a model of HMS Victory

12 August 2019

With estimates from £300-6000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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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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