Rendells’ June sale featured another good selection of desirable items. After last months success with a Mandarin coat, the internet again worked its magic with Chinese buyers occupying all telephone lines for a later sleeveless example. Our web presence offers vendors and potential buyers the very best exposure for the Lots on offer. Entries of similar Chinese textiles are now being invited. International and domestic traffic was buoyant, as were requests for images and condition reports. Other highlights included an 18th Century brass barrelled blunderbuss by Thomson & Co., London and in Metalware two pretty little bronzes by Camus and Chiparus also excelled.

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

FURNITURE (including Outside Effects):

Lot 24:A set of four Victorian cast iron veranda supports, by T & E. Howell, Waterloo Iron Works of Poole. Sold for £360. Lot 134: A 34” early 20th Century oak Globe-Wenicke five section elastic bookcase, with moulded top and raised base. Sold for £440. Lot 139: A 6’ 6” late Georgian wood grained pine two part book cabinet, with shelves enclosed by two pairs of glazed panel doors, over a panelled cupboard base – 7’ 2”. Sold for £480. Lot 181: A 5’ 5” oak draw-leaf refectory table with planked top, set on massive acanthus carved, turned and reeded standard ends. Sold for £380. Lot 243: A 6’ 19th Century oak twin pedestal partners desk, with drawers one side and opposing cupboards. Sold for £420. Lot 272: A 3’ 3” 19th Century continental mahogany vitrine, with all over floral marquetry decoration, moulded dome top and flanking gilt metal embellishments, set on slender cabriole legs. Sold for £360. Lot 280: A set of ten early 20th Century walnut framed dining chairs in the manner of Giles Grendey – sold with a late Victorian walnut extending dining table, with three leaves and Joseph Fitter patent action, set on carved cabriole legs with claw and ball feet, Sold for £2,200. Lot 304: A pair of Art Deco oak and bentwood framed gentleman’s club chairs, with flanking open cocktail shelves to arm rest – a/f. Sold for £320 and Lot 328: A 24” diameter Regency giltwood framed convex wall mirror surmounted with a perching eagle and flanking acanthus scrolls, with ebonised slip and beaded decoration. Sold for £500. 


Lot 400: An ornate French gilt bronze cased mantel clock, with painted floral decoration to enamelled dial and a pair of flanking cherubs, set on a yellow marble base, with Vincent et Cie 1855 silver medal eight day bell striking movement. Sold for £400. Lot 410: An antique oak longcase clock, the 11” square brass dial marked William Stumbles, Totnes, with thirty hour bell striking movement – case a/f. Sold for £520 and Lot 412: A 19th Century mahogany and cross banded longcase clock, with broken swan neck pediment and 14” painted arched dial depicting Gay Gordons dance scene to top and representations of the four seasons to each corner, with eight day bell striking movement – restored. Sold for £1,400.  


Lot 609: A 33” old half hull model of a fully rigged sailing vessel, mounted in a glazed front display case. Sold for £200. Lot 662: A 20th Century Chinese embroidered silk sleeveless vest Dragon coat, with gold thread air dragons, coloured clouds, birds, bats and other symbols, with differing coloured tassel fringe. Sold for £1,600. Lot 665: An antique shako bearing a South Devon Regiment of Militia badge and white ball tuft – visor missing. Sold for £750. Lot 773: Lt. Cdr. William Bruce Thornton “Titus” Bate RNVR DSC: his painted tin service trunk found to contain a time capsule of documents relating to H.M.S. Minuet, including Operation Avalanche “most secret” orders, a painting of Minuet by Lt. Cdr. Berkeley Moir, photographs and other ephemera. Sold for £320 and Lot 774: A 30 ½” 18th Century flintlock blunderbuss by Thomson & Co., London, with brass barrel, brass and steel furniture, with rod. Sold for £2,200. 


Lot 1133: A 17” 19th Century German porcelain centre piece with pierced bowl, floral encrusted decoration and classical figure of a woman and cherub to base. Sold for £130. Lot 1134: A pair of 20” 19th Century German porcelain centre pieces with pierced bowl tops, triple scroll shaped flower holders and floral encrusted decoration, over figures of a woman and cherubs, set on scroll terminals. Sold for £310. Lot 1152: three 19th Century green glass wine bottles, including two with applied seals “C” under crown. Sold for £200. 


Lot 1162: A Lalique moulded lustre glass framed bedside timepiece, with flanking budgerigar decoration, embossed mark R. LALIQUE – damaged and with eight day movement. Sold for £300. Lot 1174: A collection of Royal Albert Old Country Roses decorated china, including coffee and teapots, vase and spoons. Sold for £130 and Lot 1180: A 10” 1930’s Czech art glass frosted opalescent green glass “forest” vase, with moulded trees and foliage decoration in high relief  - attributed to Josef Inwald. Sold for £260. 


Lot 1210: An 8” diameter 19th Century Chinese bronze censer bowl with figural decoration and flanking fish pattern loop handles – Xuande seal mark and engraved air dragons to base – set on an Oriental hardwood stand. Sold for £380, Lot 1235: A collection of antique brass decorative drawer handles, in various styles. Sold for £100. Lot 1242: A 4” early 20th Century French gilt bronze bust of a child, set on a bronze plinth base – signed (Jean-Marie) Camus and numbered 492. Sold for £520 and Lot A 7” Art Deco bronze figure of a girl with satchel, entitled “Going to School”, with carved ivory face, remains of silvered finish and mounted on an onyx base – signed Chiparus to satchel and Etling, Paris foundry mark to coat. Sold for £1,500.


Lot 1302: John Pine: the Spanish Armada entering the English Channel, plate VI from The Tapestry Hangings of The House of Lords, hand coloured central scene and portraits to border – published June 24th 1739, drawn by Clement Lempriere – plate size 14 ¾” X 23 ¾”. Sold for £220. Lot 1337: George Knight: a pair of 19th Century oils on canvas depicting sailing vessels on choppy seas, with port skyline in distance – 8 ¾” X 17 ½”. Sold for £330 and Lot 1361: A gilt framed 19th Century oil on canvas, depicting a wedding party with large group of figures in country house garden landscape – 17 ¾” X 23 ¾”. Sold for £170. 


Lot 1451: seven stock books and one hinge mounted album containing mostly GB, British dependencies and Commonwealth stamps, including a Cape of Good Hope 4d blue triangle, commemoratives, etc. Sold for £400. Lot 1462: An album containing 1940’s personal photographs, including sorties, on board and distant aerial views, posed and informal groups, many annotated – relating to (K.I.A.) Pilot Officer J. H. Horrell, including photographs of his funeral and final resting place, grave plot and Kipling verse included. Sold for £190 and Lot 1463: An early 20th Century album containing a collection of postcards, including maritime, zoos, alpine, topographic, Louis Wain humour, etc. Sold for £120.


Lot 280: Sold £2,200


Lot 328: Sold £500


Lot 400: Sold £400


 Lot 412: Sold £1,400


Lot 662: Sold £1,600


Lot 665: Sold £750

Lot 773: Sold £320

Lot 774: Sold £2,200

Lot 1134: Sold £310

Lot 1243: Sold £1,500