January marked the first sale of Rendells’ bi-centennial year (1816-2016) and despite the awful weather during the two viewing days the hardy folk of South Devon and beyond flocked to the salerooms drawn in by the high quality Lots on offer. With many new registered bidders, an increased number of commission bids and internet traffic also up. Good quality furniture, a large selection of excellent Oriental items, Metalware and better Ceramic Lots shone. While in the Collectables section a collection of medals and medallions relating to Harding Textile Pin and Machinery Accessory Manufacturer (Leeds) attracted serious interest finally selling on the phone for a hammer price of £1,000. Silver reported over 90% of Lots sold at or above reserve, Jewellery and Pictures also selling well. 

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

FURNITURE including Outside Effects:

Lot 1. A 5’ deep cut granite trough with chamfered rim – 33” wide X 20” deep. Sold for £840. Lot 16: Three 6’ 5” reproduction cast iron Victorian streetlight pattern garden lamps, with faceted copper panelled and glazed tops. Sold for £350. Lot 28: A 3’ 8” diameter sandstone cider press drip stone. Sold for £340. Lot 102: A 4’ 10” late Victorian pitch pine dresser with glazed top, over a base with three central drawers and flanking cupboards. Sold for £360. Lot 112: An 8’ 4” Victorian mahogany triple wardrobe of massive proportions, with domed top and central mirror panel door enclosing linen slides and drawers, with flanking panelled doors – 8’ 2 ½” wide. Sold for £580. A 20” Victorian mahogany Wellington chest with flight of seven drawers and flanking acanthus capitals. Sold for £260. Lot 204: A 5’ 19th Century mahogany oblong tilt-top dining table, set on massive rope-twist pillar and quatrefoil base. Sold for £360. Lot 308: A 9’ Victorian walnut bookcase with ebonised lined and parcel gilt decoration, with central open shelves and flanking panelled cupboards. Sold for £340. Lot 330: A 24” Victorian mahogany Wellington chest with flight of seven graduated drawers, set on plinth base. Sold for £340. Lot 342: An antique elm oval topped occasional table, set on turned supports – sold with an antique petal topped tripod wine table – A/F. Sold for £280. Lot 362: An 18” Islamic mother-of-pearl and bone inlaid octagonal top table with central Tughra (calligraphic monogram), the base with arched apertures. Sold for £230. Lot 376: A 14” early 19th Century brass inlaid coromandel writing slope with Greek key pattern border, fitted inkwell and associated inkwells. Sold for £200. Lot 388: A 6’ thick plank top farmhouse table, set on square supports with stretcher. Sold for £280 and Lot 414: A mid 18th Century English Chinoiserie swing mirror with decorated fall enclosing a fully fitted interior, with serpentine blind drawer under, set on pommel feet. Sold for £340. 


Lot 517: A 34” vintage enamelled recruiting sign for Royal Navy, Men & Boys Wanted, Good Pay & Prospects… A/F. Sold for £200. Lot 556: A pair of brass Corinthian column pattern table lamps with red marble plinth bases. Sold for £160. Lot 599: A collection of car badges mounted on a board, including BARC, 750 Motorbike Club, RAC and AA, etc. Sold for £150. Lot 651: A stuffed and mounted Hebridean ram’s head set on a wooden wall plaque. Sold for £230. Lot 709: A 17th Century continental short sword with wire bound fish skin grip, brass clamshell guard with double headed eagle crest and bearing name Ferara to blade. Sold for £320. Lot 729: An HMS Furious souvenir trinket box containing collectable items including (51 of 52) 1820’s Danish extra fine playing cards by Jacob Holmblad (Copenhagen). Sold for £230. Lot 764: A large collection of medals relating to Harding (Leeds) Textile Pin and Machinery Accessory Manufacturer, including 1851 Great Exhibition Prize medal and other expositions. Sold for £1,000 and Lot 766: A 3” late Georgian oval horn snuff box, with spangled yellow metal inlay and hand chased flush hinged to pert flip-top. Sold for £210.


Lot 1019: Four 7 ½” 18th Century Bow porcelain plates in the Kakiemon style with flowering plants and stylised quail decoration (various condition) – sold with a chintz bowl. Sold for £470. Lot 1127: A 14” 19th Century Staffordshire parian bust of Albert Edward set on a waisted socle – Art Union, London 1864 – after Morton Edwards and signed C. Delpech verso. Sold for £220. Lot 1137: A late 19th Century Meissen figure of a woman at her dressing table – A/F. Sold for £300. Lot 1186: A Royal Worcester dessert service with fruit decoration painted by Frank Roberts and gilt rims, comprising four shaped serving dishes and twelve plates. Sold for £1,450. Lot 1190: A 14” 18th Century Chinese blue and white charger with all over foliate decoration. Sold for £400. Lot 1203: A 6” Clarice Cliff Fantastique conical vase, retailed by Lawley’s of Regent Street and bearing stamp to base. Sold for £1,150.


Lot 1217: Four late 19th Century Oriental famille palette rose. Sold for £240 and Lot 1228: An 8” diameter Yongzheng bowl with iron red, blue and celadon floral decoration – four character mark to base. Sold for £400.


Lot 1296: Three antique Omani Dallah handmade copper and brass graduated coffee pots, with spike finials and embossed spout covers. Sold for £1,270. Lot 1312: A pair of 12” late 19th Century high relief embossed silver plated plaques depicting Pan and Silenus with young satyrs. Sold for £100. Lot 1352: A 14” 19th Century bronze figure of the Borghese Gladiator from The Louvre – a souvenir from the Grand Tour and after the original marble sculpture rediscovered in 1611. Sold for £1,250. Lot 1356: A pair of 27 ½” pewter ecclesiastical candlesticks. Sold for £110. Lot 1367: An 8” mid/late 18th Century Tibetan gilt bronze figure of the Vajrayana bodhisattva Tara, wearing a victor crown, clad in dohti with simple knotted belt and adorned in various jewellery, the sealed single lotus base with double vajra and central stylised yin yang motif – old collectors’ label. Sold for £3,000 and Lot 1373: An Art Nouveau embossed copper sign  - “Estabd 1828”. Sold for £220.


Lot 1481: A quantity of early Victorian silver cutlery by George Adams (for Chawner & Co.), mainly comprising dinner and dessert forks and spoons – London 1846 – also similar ladle and pair of parcel gilt mustard spoons. Sold for £850. Lot 1483: An E.P. Mallory of Bath tray fitted oak canteen, comprising twelve each dinner and dessert spoons and forks, four teaspoons and a fish slice – William Eaton, mainly London 1839. Sold for £1,450. Lot 1484: A set of twelve silver teaspoons and pair of damaged sugar tongs by George Adams (for Chawner & Co.) – London 1858. Sold for £500. Lot 1515: A pair of mid 17th Century silver trefid spoons with pricket initials and dated 1684 to backs of terminals, with rat tail bowls – marks worn, attributed to Thomas Dare. Sold for £800. Lot 1531: A Georgian silver tankard with heart motif to scroll handle – base marks T.C., London 1786. Sold for £450 and Lot 1543: A set of Royal Commemorative silver for Queen Elizabeth II silver jubilee, comprising 10” salver and six 4 Ύ” dished plates – C.J. Vander Ltd., London 1977. Sold for £360.


Lot 1574: A 1958 gold sovereign. Sold for £210. Lot 1578: A 1788 gold spade guinea. Sold for £400. Lot 1686: An 18ct. white gold diamond cluster ring, set with various cut stones. Sold for £800. Lot 1633: An 18ct. white gold three stone diamond ring – 1.05ct total. Sold for £1,050. Lot 1686: A pair of 18ct. white gold 1930’s style diamond encrusted drop ear-rings, with triple open square panel links. Sold for £1,400 and Lot 1703: A gentleman’s steel Brietling Chronomat automatic wristwatch with sapphire crystal, complete with boxes and paperwork. Sold for £1,400.


Lot 1743: Keith Baynes: a gilt framed oil on canvas still life entitled “Tulips” – old label verso. Sold for £300. Lot 1816: J.M.W. Turner (circle of) an unframed watercolour entitled “The Wreck, St. Michaels Mount”. Sold for £340. Lot 1824: Samuel E. Kelly: a pair of framed watercolours, depicting South Devon coastal views. Sold for £220 and Lot 1835: William Williams of Plymouth 1891: a framed oil on canvas depicting a view of the River Dart at Holne – signed, inscribed and dated – 19 ½” X 29 ½”. Sold for £580.


 Lot 330: Sold £340


 Lot 414: Sold £340

Lot 1186: Sold £1,450


 Lot 1203: Sold £1150


Lot 1296: Sold £1,270


Lot 1352: Sold £1,250

Lot 1367: Sold £3,000

Lot 1481: Sold £850

Lot 1686: Sold £1,400

Lot 1703: Sold £1,400