Rendells’ April sale again reflected the increased optimism in the furniture market, with pine and decorative pieces leading the way. Many “brown furniture” items are still destined to end up with “shabby chic” painted finishes, but prices are definitely on the up. Collectables continue to shine at auction with strong prices being paid for coin collections, postcards and militaria. To mark this we will be creating a bi-monthly specialist section for Postcards, Stamps and Ephemera, to be included in the Friday afternoon sale. Entries are now being invited for inclusion. The first to be held on 27th June 2014 and every two months thereafter. This will provide focused access to our extensive internet presence and database of collectors. The sale also featured a good selection of Ceramics with strong bidding for antique glassware, English and Oriental items. Three locally made stoneware urns by the wonderfully named Hexter Humpherson of Newton Abbot sold for a combined hammer price of £490 and listed in their 1902 catalogue as “real stoneware rustic and grape vases”. 

Details of some of the better Lots in the Sale follow:

FURNITURE (including Outside Effects):

Lot 5: A painted aluminium circular table and set of four chairs to match. Sold for £120, Lot 18: A pair of 27” painted stoneware campagna urns by Hexter Humpherson & Co. of Newton Abbot, with rustic decoration and flanking scroll handles. Sold for £340.  Lot 60: Two Edwardian painted pine slat-top horticultural tables, set on turned legs – 11’7” and 10’4”. Sold for £280. Lot 115: A 5’5” French walnut armoire, with ornate scroll decoration to pediment, central bevelled mirror panel door and flanking panelled doors, set on a base with shaped apron and carved legs. Sold for £330. Lot 145: A 5’11” Victorian stained pine dresser with three glazed panels enclosing shelves, set on a base with three short drawers and cupboards under, with flanking bobbin turned pillars. Sold for £350. Lot 175: A 7’6” pine scrub-top farmhouse kitchen table, with painted base and square tapered legs. Sold for £300. Lot 259: An Eastern hardwood four fold screen with pierced foliate scroll decoration (a/f). Sold for £260. Lot 270: A 4’2” late Victorian painted pine house keeper’s cupboard, set on a base with two long drawers. Sold for £310. Lot 279: A 6’6” continental painted pine bench, with open arm rests and locker seat. Sold for £530. Lot 283: A 7’ late Regency mahogany framed chaise longue, with shaped back, scroll arm and cream coloured upholstery, three cushions and bolster, set on acanthus legs with brass casters. Sold for £500. Lot 314: A 3’9” Victorian mahogany bow front chest of two short and three long graduated drawers, with flanking half columns, set on shaped apron and splayed bracket feet. Sold for £260. Lot 362: A set of six French painted metal framed and hide leather upholstered elbow chairs, with shield shaped backs and brass pommel finials. Sold for £420. Lot 365: A 5’ 19th Century carved oak library table, with two frieze drawers, set on an ornate base with four winged caryatid figurehead pattern supports and uniting stretcher with central turned spindles. Sold for £840. Lot 367: A 29” antique oak bible box with carved thistle decoration to front (a/f). Sold for £400 and Lot 370: A 3’5 ½” pine knee-hole desk with leather inset top, two frieze drawers and four flanking drawers, set on square tapered legs with spade feet. Sold for £220. 


Lot 436: A champleve enamel style repeater carriage clock, with flanking columns and eight day bell striking movement. Sold for £110. Lot 437: A continental porcelain cased mantel clock with enamel dial flanked by 18th Century style figures and floral encrusted decoration, with Lenzkirch A.G.U. eight day bell striking movement. Sold for £210. Lot 446: A brass and four glass cased library clock, with enamelled dial and French eight day gong striking movement. Sold for £110. Lot 457: A French gilt spelter mantel clock with blue enamel Roman numerals, surmounted by a figure of “Industrie”, with Japy Fils eight day bell striking movement. Sold for £140 and Lot 461: A 19th Century stained mixed wood longcase clock, with circular enamelled dial, subsidiary second dial and eight day bell striking movement. Sold for £190.


Lot 485: A vintage ladies ocelot skin ¾ length coat – approx size 38”. Sold for £150. Lot 521: A Duplex copper table oil lamp, with green/yellow Vaseline glass shade and clear chimney. Sold for £120. Lot 524: An early 20th Century painted cast metal table lamp in the form of a lady and gentleman in 18th Century attire, entitled “Offre Galante” – after Raphael, set on a red marble socle. Sold for £190. Lot 578: Various original horse brasses including “T. Cottle – Builder” and a blue porcelain set boss, washing dolly, trivet, etc. Sold for £240.  Lot 686: Four albums containing a collection of sleeve mounted coins, including cartwheel pennies, Georgian and other coins and tokens, Moroccan, Middle Eastern and Chinese. Sold for £260. Lot 689: A vintage leather bound album containing autographs of George Formby, Anthony Eden, Mountbatten of Burma, Agatha Christie and others. Sold for £220. Lot 703: An antique Eastern penwork decorated work box with couple taking tea in a summerhouse, with attendants and palm trees (a/f) – sold with an old brass cash box. Sold for £200 and Lot 711: A 14” (overall) Victorian marble obelisk set on a black slate pedestal base, with malachite decoration and brass foot. Sold for £150.


Lot 1015: Eight T.G. Green, Cornish Ware storage jars, comprising five black and three green base stamps – various condition. Sold for £130. Lot 1059: A 24” Colin Kellam glazed pottery model of a strutting cockerel, set on a naturalistic base. Sold for £310. Lot 1147: A set of six Wedgwood bisque classical maiden figures depicting Muses, set on jasperware bases. Sold for £230. Lot 1208: A Bretby art pottery vase, with grotesque mythical creature decoration on green ground. Sold for £120. Lot 1210: A pair of antique opaque twist wine glasses, with rough pontils. Sold for £105. Lot 1217: A pair of 11 ½” 19th Century Vaseline glass handkerchief goblets, with stylised foliate design and rough pontils. Sold for £460 and Lot 1218: An 18” antique Chinese blue and white export meat plate, with vase, chrysanthemums and prunus branch decoration. Sold for £130. 


Lot 1252: Five old copper pans (some with lids) – sold with two copper skillets. Sold for £100. Lot 1254: An early 20th Century R.S. Stiles patent mechanical cigarette dispenser, with heron on top and Ruskin style oval panel to riveted tinplate sides – various marks to base and dated 10-1-09. Sold for £200. Lot 1284: A pair of 14” cloisonné tapering cylindrical vases – with later lamp fittings and blue shades. Sold for £330. Lot 1288: A Victorian brass and copper telescopic standard lamp – converted. Sold for £140. Lot 1291: A cloisonné bowl and cover, with mythical beast decoration on dark blue ground. Sold for £210 and Lot 1299: A 9 ½” late 19th Century bronze figure of Henry VIII in hunting attire on horseback, set on an ebonised wood plinth base. Sold for £250. 


Lot 1348: A Miroku double barrelled twelve bore over and under shotgun – Serial No. 721116. Sold for £280. Lot 1349: A B.S.A. double barrelled twelve bore shotgun with box lock ejector – Serial No. 40006. Sold for £150. Lot 1351: An A.Y.A. No.4 shotgun with box lock ejector – Serial No. 214046. Sold for £200. Lot 1352: A J.W. Tolley double barrelled twelve bore shotgun with box lock ejector, in original fitted leather case initialled AGB – Serial No. 87818. Sold for £600 and Lot 1371: A 3 5/8” Hardy “The Perfect” fixed spool fishing reel, in original pouch – sold with two spare spools. Sold for £170. 


Lot 1454: Frederick C.B. Cox: an oil on canvas depicting the locomotive King George V beside a modern diesel locomotive – some restoration – 23” X 3’5”. Sold for £130. Lot 1534: An antique ornate gilt framed and oval slipped portrait miniature on ivory panel depicting a Georgian gentleman – 5” X 4”. Sold for £130. Lot 1542: An antique maple framed wool-work sampler by Hannah Meria Mernaham, with verse, building s and sailing vessels, dated 1864. Sold for £200 and Lot 1549: Charles James Fox: a pair of unframed oil paintings on canvas depicting dense woodland – one signed and inscribed verso – 20” X 16”. Sold for £130.

Lot 18: Sold £340

Lot 115: Sold £330

Lot 365: Sold £840

 Lot 437: Sold £210

Lot 1059: Sold £310

Lot 1147: Sold £230

Lot 1217: Sold £460

Lot 1218: Sold £130

Lot 1461: Sold £200

Lot 1352: Sold £600