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Ceramics produced in factory to the north of Moscow underline Exeter sale’s global reach

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.

Among the 900 lots, of which 80% got away to a hammer total of £490,000, some solid prices for English furniture and a decent Devon longcase emerged. However, these sales are generally a window on the wider world and the top bids came for continental silver, Russian, Persian and German ceramics and Chinese silks.

“With sterling low against the euro, we had a lot of continental interest but UK buying was also strong,” said auctioneer Nic Saintey.

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