Rendells’ July sale included a private collection of desirable modern Westcountry art pottery all dating from “The Noughties”, featuring works by amongst others Amanda Popham, Jennie Hale, Mike Dodd, Blandine Anderson and Laurel Keeley. The group of Popham jugs (illustrated at the end of this report) selling for a combined hammer price of £850. The sale was very well attended, as were the two viewing days. Items of International interest attracted telephone bids from Canada, Germany and Malta. Internet traffic continues to grow with our popular service for providing detailed photographs and condition reports giving remote buyers a true feeling of involvement in the auction. It is nice to see Furniture prices for better items heading back up, vintage lighting and objets d’art also selling well. The silver section reported sales of over 90% at or above pre-sale estimates, there were also good results in Jewellery and Paintings. 

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


Lot 102: A 6’ 4” late 19th Century James Shoolbred retailed inlaid mahogany triple wardrobe, with central drawers and flanking hanging space enclosed by mirror panelled doors – by Shapland & Petter. Sold for £480. Lot 130: A 6’ pine farmhouse kitchen table with thick planked top, set on turned and reeded legs. Sold for £220. Lot 209: A 3’ 3 ½” Victorian flame mahogany veneered chest of two short and three long graduated drawers, set on bun feet. Sold for £280. Lot 275: A set of eight Victorian mahogany framed balloon back dining chairs with pierced acanthus decoration and serpentine seats, set on moulded cabriole legs. Sold for £410. Lot 276: An early Victorian mahogany draw-frame extending dining table with three leaves, set on turned and reeded bulbous legs and brass casters. Sold for £500. Lot 303: A 4’ 2” Georgian walnut and cross banded book cabinet on stand, with moulded cornice, adjustable shelves enclosed by a pair of glazed panel doors, the base with chamfered square legs and herring bone stringing. Sold for £1,900 and Lot 389: A 27” late Georgian ebony strung mahogany freestanding bookcase, with three shelves and shaped sides with flanking brass drop handles, over two door cupboard, set on turned legs with brass caps and casters. Sold for £360.


Lot 493:  A Vintage brass Tilley hanging lantern with frosted glass shade. Sold for £240. Lot 495: A pair of French Empire style gilt metal light fittings, with cut frosted glass dished shades. Sold for £480. Lot 536: Two early 20th Century shop signs from “W. Chaplin Bennett”, “Pharmacist & Optician” (Totnes), with Art Nouveau embossed copper text – 5’ 2” X 5 ¾”. Sold for £260. Lot 650: Pte. G. Garraway S-3001 Rifle Brigade: three World War One medal group, bronze memorial plaque, other related ephemera, school medallions, etc. Sold for £290. Lot 664: An old Scottish bog-oak dirk with bye knife and fork, large citrine missing from pommel, interwoven carving to grips and white metal mounts with engraved thistle designs. Sold for £600 and Lot 665: A hard cased set of mid 20th Century blackwood bagpipes by Robertson of Edinburgh – sold with a boxed and un-boxed chanter, accessories and sheet music. Sold for £310.


Lot 1008: A 19” Blandine Anderson studio pottery sculpture – two hares on a hillside with stylised trees. Sold for £200. Lot 1035: A 16” Jennie Hale Raku pottery stylised sheep, with black face and yellow eyes. Sold for £130.  Lot 1040: An 18” Blandine Anderson studio pottery sculpture – five sheep – sold with a 7” similar. Sold for £330. Lot 1109: Nine pieces of Terri Holman Studio tromp d’oeil effect pottery, including vases, jugs and cup. Sold for £220. Lot 1123: A 6” early 20th Century Moorcroft Pomegranate pattern squat vase, with Burslem, England to base – a/f. Sold for £160 Lot 1128: A 12” Amanda Popham Studio pottery jug “Mother and Child” – sold with a 7” jug in the form of a woman with hands over her ears. Sold for £280. Lot 1136: A 13” Amanda Popham Studio pottery jug “woman looking out to sea” - sold with another figural jug. Sold for £320. Lot 1162: Amanda Popham Studio pottery jug “woman holding a bird” – sold with a reclining female form jug. Sold for £250 (combined hammer price of £850 – see photograph).

Lot 1159: A 12” diameter early 20th Century Copenhagen white ice glazed ceramic frozen pool pattern pot-pourri bowl, with crouching Polar bear to top – signed and dated 1923. Sold for £900 and Lot 1163: A set of four 18th Century Chinese plates with central motifs, cross-hatched and floral borders in the Imari palette. Sold for £230.


Lot 1332: A 7” diameter Meiji period silver double skinned footed bowl by Sanj Saku, with embossed iris decoration (some dents and wear) – sold with a 3/ ¾” late similar. Sold for £300. Lot 1346: A silver three piece tea set of bulbous oval design with gadrooned rims – William Suckling Ltd., Birmingham 1957. Sold for £265. Lot 1347: A pair of 4 ¼” Arts and Crafts silver bon-bon dishes by Frank Hyams Ltd., 128 Bond Street, London, with curved bowl tops set on triple open supports and circular bases – London 1908. Sold for £420. Lot 1351: Sixteen matching Walker & Hall silver dinner forks – all Sheffield 1904 with Gothic “G” monogram. Sold for £280. Lot 1359: A 13 ½” George III silver ladle by Peter, Ann & William Bateman – London 1799. Sold for £200. Lot 1380: A 10” silver salver of square design with shaped corners and cast rims, set on hoof pattern feet – Barker Brothers Ltd., Birmingham 1937. Sold for £210 and Lot 1394: An Asprey of London silver paper knife in the form of a 12” ruler – London 1929. Sold for £125.


Lot 1411: A 9ct. gold double Albert watch chain with three lobster clips. Sold for £800. Lot 1420: An 18ct. gold watch chain with T-bar – sold with a pair of 18ct. cufflinks and a 15ct horseshoe pattern pin. Sold for £530. Lot 1468: A pair of 18ct. white gold diamond stud ear-rings – 1.46ct. total. Sold for £1,200. Lot 1469: An 18ct. gold pendant with diamond centres and ruby bordered flowerhead pattern settings – with copy of receipt and valuation. Sold for £1,100. Lot 1509: An 18ct. gold, diamond solitaire ring – 1.26ct. Sold for £2,500. Lot 1525: An 18ct. gold ring set with large central oval ruby, with flanking diamonds – sold with copy of receipt. Sold for £900. Lot 1540: A cased suite of ornate yellow metal jewellery, comprising necklace and pair of open loop ear-rings, set with numerous diamonds, rubies and seed pearls. Sold for £330. Lot 1562: A mid 20th Century 18ct. gold cased Universal gentleman’s wristwatch, with automatic movement – No. 104603-4 – 227 4196. Sold for £300 and Lot 1571: A steel cased Breitling Avenger Seawolf chronograph wristwatch, with brushed metal dial, SuperQuartz movement and professional clasp bracelet, complete with presentation box and outer card box and all related paperwork – Ref. A 7339010/6651 – Serial No. 1219338. Sold for £1,800.


Lot 1612: Marcus Ford: a gilt framed oil on canvas, depicting an extensive view of Friston, Suffolk – signed 23 ¼” X 35 ¼”. Sold for £180. Lot 1635: E.J. Pegrum: a gilt framed oil on canvas in the naïve style, depicting a Mississippi river dock scene, with three masted sailing vessel Maria, paddle steamer and figures in row boats and on the quay side – 23 ¼” X 35 ½”. Sold for £675. Lot 1642: Robert Burrows: a pair of 19th Century oils on panel in gilt gesso and slipped frames, depicting fishermen on estuary banks – 9” X 12 ¾”. Sold for £350. Lot 1643: An antique giltwood framed oil on canvas depicting a portrait of Our Lady of Sorrows “Mater Dolorosa” – 15” X 12 ¼”. Sold for £1,000. Lot 1644: An antique gilt gesso framed oil on canvas, depicting a gentleman and lady on horseback with attendant figures and dogs watering at a classical fountain, with cherub and dolphin pattern supports – bearing old paper label verso Wouwerman the Younger – 13” X 11”. Sold for £1,500 and Lot 1649: Amos: an acrylic painting on board, moored sailing vessels and dark sky – inscription verso – 19 ¾” X 22 ¾” – unsigned, attrib Anthony Amos. Sold for £380. Lot 1659: An early 20th Century gilt framed watercolour, depicting a street view in Malta with church in distance – signed with initials – inscription verso – 10” X 7”. Sold for £420.


Lot 389: Sold £360


Lot 664: Sold £600


Lot 1159: Sold £900


 Lot 1347: Sold £420


Lot 1468: Sold £1,200


Amanda Popham: Sold £850

Lot 1509: Sold £2,500

Lot 1525: Sold £900

Lot 1571: Sold £1,800

Lot 1644: Sold £1,500