Rendells’ February sale featured a selection of model boats from the collection of the recently deceased and highly respected model maker Richard Harris. His masterpiece being a 48” scratch built model of H.M.S. Victory, which attracted interest in the room, on commission and on the phones. A “bidding war” ensued and the final hammer price of £3,000 was greeted with a spontaneous round of applause from the assembled buyers. There were excellent results across the sale, with Furniture, Ceramics and Collectables also selling well. A private collection of maritime collectables and enamelled advertising signs were well supported. Viewing figures over the two days prior to the auction were immense, as were the shear number of commission bids and requests for photographs and condition reports from the internet. All of this leading to a very well attended auction on both the Thursday and Friday sales. 

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

FURNITURE (including Outside Effects):

Lot 18: A 5’10” French cast iron framed garden table with zinc top, standard ends and casters. Sold for £380. Lot 40: A 7’7” solid hardwood table, set on a base with massive square tapered legs. Sold for £370. Lot 101: A 4’8” antique French walnut cabinet with two frieze drawers and shelves enclosed by a pair of fielded panel doors under, set on short cabriole legs. Sold for £290. Lot 106: A 5’6” Victorian painted pine dresser base – for restoration. Sold for £220. Lot 141: A 4’2” antique pitch pine chest with lockable blind frieze drawer and three long drawers under, set on bracket feet. Sold for £270. Lot 151: A 6’ Waring & Gillows quality wardrobe with parcel gilt decoration to shell scroll pediment, cross banded and herring-bone strung book matched figured walnut veneers, part fitted interior and hanging space enclosed by a pair of doors, set on an ornate base with massive naturalistic lion paw feet. Sold for £500. Lot 282: A 3’6” Victorian mahogany writing table with leather inset top, by Gillows of Lancaster – date stamped circa 1870, set on turned and fluted legs with brass caps and casters. Sold for £460. Lot 284: A 22 ½” aesthetic figured walnut, ebony strung and ebonised music cabinet, with decorative brass gallery rail to top tier and ornate turned supports, over a fall-front base with two shelves bearing original tooled leather labelling, set on short turned legs with casters. Sold for £300. Lot 285: A 36” Victorian walnut bookcase with moulded top and boss decoration, with five shelves enclosed by a pair of glazed panel doors, set on a raised plinth base with short turned legs. Sold for £480 and Lot 356: A pair of early 19th Century mahogany hall chairs, with ornate C-scroll and foliate decoration, set on turned and reeded front legs. Sold for £230. 


Lot 502: Endeavour: a 46” kit built model of the 1934 “J” Class yacht – with related ephemera. Sold for £310. Lot 574: Turmoil: a 54” 1:50 scale model of the Bustler Class Tug 14G – with related ephemera. Sold for £200. Lot 638: An early 20th Century Clifford Essex professional acoustic guitar – Artist 201, in fitted case. Sold for £190. Lot 650: H.M.S. Victory: a 48” 1:96 scale scratch built model, from drawings by Sergal & Manuta. Sold for £3,000. Lot 676: An early 20th Century Saudi Jambiya, with white metal bosses and filigree decoration – sold with an East African with wooden grip and tribal decoration to blade. Sold for £400. Lot 717: A 7” antique Chinese bamboo brush pot with high relief and partially pierced all over decoration depicting a court scene – signed. Sold for £320. Lot 720: A 19th Century mahogany cased musical box, with large winding key. Sold for £740. Lot 721: The Staunton Chessmen by Jaques & Son, London, in antique mahogany case – various condition. Sold for £440. Lot 742: An original enamelled Smoke Player’s Navy Cut double sided advertising sign. Sold for £180 and Lot 759: A 1940’s ship’s binnacle by Kelvin-Hughes with brass viewing window and lantern housing a Dead Beat CB Pattern Type LS compass – No.1174/47, with flanking iron correcting spheres and mounted on a teak pedestal. Sold for £300. 


Lot 1036: A Royal Albert “Old Country Roses” pattern part dinner service, including two tureens, sauce boat and stand, etc. Sold for £200. Lot 1148: A late 19th Century Villeroy & Boch, Mettlach stoneware, pewter lidded beer jug with fleur-de-lys decoration – sold with six steins to match – dated 1888. Sold for £240. Lot 1157: Three late Dresden monkey band figures – sold with two others. Sold for £150. Lot 1165: An 8 ¼” English Delft (Bristol) octagonal plate, inscribed “Joanna  James 1735 and with willow pattern style decoration. Sold for £1,150. 


Lot 1168: A 12 ½” 19th Century George Jones style English majolica cheese cloche and base, with bulrush and water lily decoration – registration diamond mark for 1874 – repair to knop. Sold for £700. Lot 1170: Nine early 20th Century after Meissen monkey band figures, set on semi-Rococo bases – blue scissor mark. Sold for £320. Lot 1172: A 4” Martin Brothers, London, Southall, salt glazed bulbous vase with incised Art Nouveau floral and foliate decoration on brown ground. Sold for £400 and Lot 1195: A Waterford crystal glass decanter, six Sherry glasses and six White Wine glasses – Colleen cut. Sold for £180. 


Lot 1227: A William Tonks & Sons brass wall mounted hall gong, with elaborate cast hanging bracket and beater. Sold for £90. Lot 1232: A Georgian cast lead fountain spout, with text SW 1791. Sold for £90 and Lot 1239: A set of three Loftus of London pink brass tankard shaped measures – quart, pint and half pint. Sold for £140. 


Lot 1319: L.S. Lowry: a framed limited edition coloured print entitled “The Park”, blind stamped and numbered 86/850 – published by Henry Donn 1974 – 18 ¼” X 24 ¾”. Sold for £150. Lot 1322: A gilt framed late 19th Century oil on canvas (under glass), depicting figures and craft on the Grand Canal, Venice, with basilica in distance – bearing a signature A. Pollentine – 15 ½” X 23 ½”. Sold for £600. Lot 1325: George Henry Jenkins: a pair of early 20th Century gilt framed oils on board, one entitled “Tintagel Castle”, the other “North Cornish Coast” – 10” X 16” and 9 ½” X 15 ¼”. Sold for £180. Lot 1332: A. Chabanian: a framed oil on board still life with small glass of roses – signed – with exhibition label verso – 15 ½” X 12 ¼”. Sold for £170. Lot 1346: Henry W. Hicks: three watercolours, a view of Exmouth from the Exe, Cox Hill near Princetown and a coastal view. Sold for £110 and Lot 1355: Cherubini: an unframed oil on fielded panel, depicting a coastal view near Capri, signed – 5 ½” X 10 ½”. Sold for £240. 


Lot 1397: Two small stock books of stamps, including an imperforated, white line, close margined 2d Blue (CC), Penny Black (BK), seventeen Penny Reds (various), six Penny Lilac and other world stamps. Sold for £130. Lot 1402: An album containing a collection of over two hundred early 20th Century and later postcards, all topographical – various styles. Sold for £140. Lot 1418: An album of loose stamps – various age and nationalities – sold with an album of Malaysian stamps. Sold for £100 and Lot 1452: A collection of approximately one hundred and sixty mid 20th Century film stills, publicity photographs and lobby cards, including Battle of The Bulge, The Greatest Show on Earth and Abbot and Costello Meet The Mummy. Sold for £85.


Lot 151: Sold £500

Lot 284: Sold £300

Lot 650: Sold £3,000

 Lot 717: Sold £320

Lot 720: Sold £740

Lot 759: Sold £300

Lot 1165: Sold £1,150

Lot 1168: Sold £700

Lot 1172: Sold £400

Lot 1322: Sold £600