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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Polarised market for English ceramics highlighted by single-owner sales in Exeter and Derby

19 March 2018

Collecting traditional English ceramics is still a popular pursuit on both sides of the Atlantic – but one where purchases are always tailored to fit the purse strings of the core collecting audience.

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Saleroom toasts the god Bacchus

12 March 2018

A likely candidate as highlight of the year for Exeter auction house Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) will be the £305,000 Hans Coper vase (ATG last week, No 2332).

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Hans Coper ‘arrow head’ bid to sensational £305,000 target

05 March 2018

A sensational result emerged for the artist-potter Hans Coper (1920-81) at the 20th Century & Contemporary sale at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter.

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Carpenter’s tool store is chest the thing for unusual purchases

05 March 2018

Outselling much of the sort of furniture its owner could have worked on, an 18th century carpenter’s oak tool chest on stand was among the pleasant surprises for vendors at the opening sale of the year at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium).

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Tribute to a gallant captain and his brave fire brigade

12 February 2018

This painting of a fire in north London drew heated bidding when it went under the hammer at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium).

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Top design in the Exeter spotlight

12 February 2018

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter plans to hold its first-ever 20th century and contemporary art and design sale later this month.

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Chelsea heads up at auction

08 January 2018

The late Gerald and Brenda Flowerday caught the collecting bug in the late 1960s, igniting a keen interest in 18th century English ceramics that would last for the next 40 years.

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Previews: £2001 - £5000

02 January 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Gardner figures are Russian in at Exeter auction

13 November 2017

Autumn has been the setting for so many specialist sales round the regions that an all-disciplines, quality sale such as that held by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) at Exeter on October 3 was almost a rarity.

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Landscape painter Hamilton Hay reaps sale reward

06 November 2017

This evening village scene by the landscape painter James Hamilton Hay (1874- 1916) drew multiple bids at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium) in Exeter on October 3.

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Owen once, Owen twice... Owen once, Owen twice... reticulated wares roll into two sales

23 October 2017

Dominated by two lots of Chinese porcelain, the September 28-30 sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) also included eight Royal Worcester pieces by George Owen (1845-1917) who was inspired by the Orient to produce his trademark reticulated wares.

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English Civil War and much more in Exeter

02 October 2017

A single-owner collection relating to the English Civil War featured among the 740 lots that made up a September 6 sale held by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium).

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Sir Peter Lely link to nude painting tempts Exeter bidders

21 August 2017

A large oil painting offered at auction for first time depicts notorious figure from Charles II’s court and sells for five times top estimate.

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Auction trio reflects an overall buoyancy to the antiques market

22 May 2017

Three substantial sales from Edinburgh to Exeter via Doncaster last month confirmed the promise of early spring with the staple areas of furniture, silver and ceramics holding up and, for named or specialist-interest material, doing well. The figures underline the overall buoyancy.

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Crucifix link to now demolished Swiss covered bridge

22 May 2017

The big surprise at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood'’s April 11-12 sale at Exeter was this 17th-18th century Tyrolean wood and gilt crucifix.

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Rare peak at Welsh artist’s work

15 May 2017

Unusual appearance of mountain views by painter whose career was cut short by tuberculosis

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Unknown portrait is top lot at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auction

03 May 2017

A portrait of a beautiful but mysterious 19th century lady led a sale at Exeter-based auction house Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood taking a hammer price of £155,000.

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Fruits at the root of £3000 result at auction in Exeter

10 April 2017

Early children’s books and games provided some of the highlights of a March 15 sale held by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium).

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Previews: £501 - £2000

05 April 2017

ATG’s weekly selection of items on sale at auctions and dealerships.

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Constable sketch brings £252,000 in Exeter

13 October 2015

A John Constable (1776-1837) oil sketch drew prolonged competition at the latest auction held at Exeter saleroom Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

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