Rendells’ February sale continued the trend for stronger prices being realised for the better furniture Lots on offer. Dealers and private buyers are paying 20% to 30% more than last year for comparable Lots and aside from dining furniture which continues to struggle due mainly to the “downsizing” phenomenon, there would appear to be a burgeoning buoyancy in the market. The sale featured our bi-monthly Postcards, Stamps & Ephemera section which included an excellent private stamp collection selling for a combined hammer price of £4,930 (plus premium) consisting of All World, Great Britain and Dependencies with examples ranging from Victorian to mid 20th Century. Also included a folio of pre-1840 postal records. This section goes from strength to strength and entries of similar quality collections are now being invited for inclusion in our April sale. In the Clocks section a 19th Century rosewood and mother-of-pearl inlaid cased drop-dial wall clock, with twin fusee bell striking movement. Sold for £380. In other sections of the sale Collectables and Metalware also sold well, as did a rare printing of The Annals Of Kirkby Lonsdale: 4to., half bound green leather and cloth, being No. 5 of 8 specially bound by Mr. Thomas Harrison – 1930, with accompanying letter and box sleeve. Sold for £160.

Details of these and some of the other better Lots in the Sale follow: Bold text items are illustrated.


Lot 101: A 4’ late Victorian stained oak twin  pedestal desk with black leather inset top, three frieze drawers and flanking pedestal drawers. Sold for £300. Lot 114: A 4’ Victorian mahogany wardrobe with moulded cornice and hanging space enclosed by a bevelled mirror panel drawer, with single deep drawer under. Sold for £280. Lot 152: A 5’ 8” late 19th Century continental waxed pine two part dresser with glazed top section, over a base with three central drawers and flanking cupboards. Sold for £480. Lot 164: A set of eight late Regency mahogany framed curved back dining chairs, with drop-in seats, set on turned front legs. Sold for £280. Lot 174: A 34” Georgian figured mahogany veneered Chippendale style bachelor’s chest, with brushing slide and four long graduated drawers under, flanking blind fretwork canted corners and set on bracket feet – a/f. Sold for £360. Lot 176: A 6’ early 20th Century Chesterfield settee with single drop-end and chenille upholstery, set on cup feet with casters. Sold for £220. Lot 196: A 33” Georgian mahogany chest of two short and three long graduated drawers, set on bracket feet. Sold for £340. Lot 283: A 4’ 8” polished pine serving table by Barnes of Ashburton, with three frieze drawers and shaped apron, set on turned legs. Sold for £220. Lot 288: A 3’ 4 ½” late Georgian figured walnut and herringbone strung chest on stand with moulded canted top and fluted corners, two short and three long graduated drawers (later worked), set on a stand with shaped apron and cabriole legs with pad feet. Sold for £560 and Lot 338: An early 19th Century mahogany boot rack with curved top rail, square supports and bow front undertier, set on splayed legs. Sold for £200.


Lot 539: A pair of Murano style bubble glass pendant lights. Sold for £190. Lot 540: A 1930’s leaded mother-of-pearl light fitting with red glass prunt band. Sold for £170. Lot 593: A pair of 23” antique polychrome painted plaster church corbels with moulded shelf tops, open Gothic arches under and angel holding shield terminals. Sold for £220. Lot 705: A First World War British army No.24 Mk I Hales rifle grenade dated 1916 – sold with a British No.5 Mills Bomb similar. Sold for £300. Lot 734: A 1909 Edward VII gold sovereign. Sold for £175. Lot 736: Pte R. Bourne 1658 Devon Regt. Medal group including Territorial Force War Medal, all with ribbons on bar. Sold for £180. Lot 748: Cpl. W. E. Ellis 43 Commando RM Ply. X900836 medal group, service certificate, miniatures and later berets. Sold for £160. Lot 753: An octagonal polished wood cased sailor’s shell Valentine, with geometric design and central heart motif, under glass panel. Sold for £540 and Lot 760: Two white metal mounted carved gourd Yerba Mate vessels – sold with two white metal bombilla straws. Sold for £120.


Lot 1159: A pair of 10 Ό” Oriental famille verte baluster vases with flared rims and perching bird and floral decoration – bearing Kanxi marks to bases – sold with a pair of similar tea bowls and saucers. Sold for £320. Lot 1179: A Royal Copenhagen model of a fish lying on mussels and seaweed – No. 562. Sold for £400. Lot 1208: A collection of Edinburgh crystal thistle shaped glassware with hobnail cut decoration. Sold for £160 and Lot 1210: Five matching 19th Century rummers – all with rough pontils. Sold for £170.


Lot 1255: A pair of 8” Arts & Crafts pitchers with hammered finish. Sold for £140. Lot 1274: A stained oak framed Art Nouveau silver plated copper wall plaque with high relief Indian boy mahout riding an elephant, in landscape with trees and hut. Sold for £210. Lot 1279: A harlequin set of seven copper kettles. Sold for £100. Lot 1285: A late 19th Century Marklin style toy range with spirit burner, complete with a selection of copper pans, kettles, water ship, etc. Sold for £220. Lot 1288: A 19th Century bronze inkwell in the form of a monk reading from the Bible. Sold for £110. Lot 1291: A pair of South American ornamental white metal spurs – sold with two similar ornamental bell stirrups. Sold for £130 and Lot 1292: A 4 ½” Art Deco Danish bronze flat sided bowl by Just Anderson – numbered B13C. Sold for £130.


Lot 1344: F. J. Widgery; a gilt framed oil on canvas, depicting a Dartmoor landscape with track and sheep – 13 ½” X 17 ½”. Sold for £250. Lot 1354: R. O. Lenkiewicz: a gilt framed limited edition coloured print entitled “Karen in Blue”, No. 465/475 – Fisher Mackenzie certificate of authenticity – 28” X 8”. Sold for £280. Lot 1365: Vittorio Rappini (1877-1939): a gilt gesso framed watercolour depicting a young Turkish woman seated in an interior with hookah pipe, drapes and columns in background and rug to foreground – 13” X 9”. Sold for £430. Lot 1368: Harry Edmunds Crute: a framed oil on board depicting a view of Babbacombe Beach, Torquay – titled and inscribed verso – 11 Ό” X 15 ½”. Sold for £240 and Lot 1374: English School unframed oil on canvas entitled “On the Wharf, Bolton Woods, Yorkshire – 10” X 14” – a/f. Sold for £190.


Lot 1447: A Durham blue stamp album containing Victorian later stamps from Cocos (Keeling) Island to Fiji. Sold for £400. Lot 1448: A Merton black stamp album containing Victorian and later stamps from Gambia to Honk Kong. Sold for £720. Lot 1449: A Merton black stamp album containing Victorian and later stamps from India to Montserrat. Sold for £600. Lot 1451: A Senator black stamp album containing Victorian and later stamps from all Malaysia regions. Sold for £780 and Lot 1457: Great Britain: a folio containing pre-1840 postal record – sold with an album of Victorian and later stamps and another containing 20th Century examples. Sold for £900.



 Lot 174: Sold £360


 Lot 288: Sold £560

Lot 405: Sold £380


 Lot 705: Sold £300


Lot 736: Sold £180


Lot 753: Sold £540

Lot 1159: Sold £320

Lot 1179: Sold £400

Lot 1365: Sold £430

Lot 1457: Sold £900