Okehampton Auctions

and Wreford's Removals

Next Sale Overview






ON WEDNESDAY 13th February at 10 a.m. prompt

Viewing Monday 10am to 1pm, Tuesday 12pm to 6pm & Morning of Sale from 8.30am

Approx. 1000 lots


Furniture inc. Isle of Heisker spinning wheel, Edw. Inlaid corner display stand, bureaus, roll top desk, pine glazed dresser, oak coffers, inlaid wardrobe, carved oak sideboard, pine & oak tables, rifle stand, mah. extending table, oak & mah. chests of drawers, Vict. Bookcase, hallstand  etc , Clocks & Watches inc. Japy Freres mantel clock, oak & slate mantel clocks, Norman brass carriage clock, 9ct ladies watch, wall clocks etc, Silver inc. scent bottles, photo frames, teapot, Persian vase, coin sets, pepperettes, cream jugs, bud vase, Lucifer, thimbles, pin cushions etc, Plate inc. biscuit barrel, cutlery, sauce stand, fish servers etc, Jewellery inc. gold stick pins, cameo & claw brooches, charm bracelets, belt buckle, gold & silver rings & necklaces etc, Selection costume jewellery,  Brass & Copper inc. bowls, gong, warming pans, vases, Isnic tray, coal helmets, kettles, oil lamps etc, Collectables inc. 18th C. pewter charger, Western dental cabinet, tantalus, cribbage boards, dress medals, coins, model cars & trains, Hornby Orient Express boxed set, post box, writing boxes, air rifle, repro guns, taxidermy etc, China & Glass inc. William Moorcroft Flamminium vase, Burleigh Fragrance coffee set, Tapio Wirkkala Kanterelli vase, Lladro , Beswick & Doulton figures, T.G. Green, Brannam, Art glass, Portmeirion, twist stem glasses, flagons etc, Pictures & Prints inc. A.E.D.G. oil horse, sets coaching prints, oil abstract etc, Modern pine & other furniture inc. Welsh dressers, bookcase, kitchen islands, wardrobes, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers, dressing tables, chairs etc, selection tools, garden tools etc.   


*House clearances* Storage & transport available*

(Accepting goods for March 6th Sale from Thurs. 14th February by appointment)


Tel: 01837 55592 at all times (mobile 07748 907 230)


Catalogue available on-line from end of week before sale

The Nordic countries were in the forefront of post World War II design & Tapio Wirkkala (1915- 1985) was one of the leading exponents . This Finnish artist of International reputation had a wide ranging portfolio including glass, furniture, sculpture & even city planning! This is even more remarkable given his reclusive nature. He resided in a remote hut in the middle of Finland that could not be reached by car & his prototype designs had to be delivered by helicopter!

His range of glassware was made for the Iittala Factory of which he was artistic director. A version of his Kanterelli vase would have been produced between 1946 & 1951. It is of a simple “jack in the pulpit” design with wheel engraved linear decoration.  It stands 5 ½” high & is priced at £200/230 for ownership of a piece by an iconic 20th Century designer.

William Moorcroft (1872- 1945) was the son of a Burslem china painter & was first employed by the firm James Macintyre & Co. He quickly rose to prominence & opened his own pottery in Cobridge in 1912, with backing from the London store Libertys, who showcased his wares along with Tiffanys  in New York.  His work typified the natural forms of the Arts & Crafts period & his tube-lining method of decoration has been used on Moorcroft products ever since.

In the early years of the 20th Century he developed the largely monochromatic Flamminian ware & a red glazed wavy rimmed vase on offer here is an example of this type. It is decorated with 3 stylized bud roundels & in good order at 9 ¼” high is priced at £150/180.

From the Art Deco period is a Burleigh  ware coffee service, retailed by Lawleys of Regent Street, London. It comprises coffee  pot, cream jug, sugar bowl & 6 cups & saucers. The shape is known as Zenith & is decorated with the “Fragrance” pattern, featuring sprays of spring flowers. It has an estimate of £100/130.

A large late 18th Century pewter charger has touch marks featuring the lion rampant within a shield which may well be the work of an Exeter pewterer. It also carries the initials R. M. T. which have not been identified. It has a dished centre & raised rim & with a diameter of 23” invites bids of £250/280.

An oil on canvas by the British equestrian artist A.E.D.G. Stirling-Brown who was active between 1896 & 1929 depicts a chestnut racehorse standing in a pastoral setting. It measures 19 ½” x 25 ½” & is priced at £300/350.

A wooden multi drawered dentists travelling cabinet is also fitted with a hinged top. It was made by the Western Dental Manufacturing Co Ltd who operated from 76 Wigmore Street in London from the 1920’s to the 1940’s. It stands 10” high & still contains a number of vintage dentistry tools & should stir interest at £40/60.