Rendells’ March sale continued the trend of increased demand for furniture Lots. It would appear that there really are green shoots sprouting from the carcass of “brown furniture”, with the notable exceptions of large sideboards and free standing bedroom furniture. The sale featured our bi-monthly auction of Silver and Jewellery and although the bullion price of silver has halved since last year, prices remain buoyant for quality items, marking a decided shift towards the collector rather than the scrap market. The star Lot in the Jewellery section was a 3ct diamond solitaire ring with a platinum shank which sold in the room for a hammer price of £10,000 (Lot 1561). 

Details of these and some of the other better Lots in the Sale follow:


Lot 103: A 6’ stained pine dresser with three shelf open plate rack, four short drawers and panelled cupboards under – 6’7” high. Sold for £240. Lot 163: A 4’3” 1930’s French oak cabinet with canted corners, two partially glazed and panelled doors and set of bun feet. Sold for £350. Lot 173: A 3’10” antique oak settle with panelled back and locker seat. Sold for £260. Lot 195: A 3’7” mahogany double pedestal desk, with central frieze drawer and five flanking graduated drawers. Sold for £260. Lot 281: A 3’1” Art Nouveau style mahogany display cabinet, with shaped pediment, recess and flanking vase stands, set on stylised cabriole legs. Sold for £600. Lot 284: A late 19th Century oak hallstand with decorative brass-work – a/f. Sold for £380. Lot 310: A 4’9” 19th Century mahogany Duchess dressing table, with serpentine front, flanking trinket drawers and cupboards, set on bulbous turned front supports. Sold for £250. Lot 314: A 4’6” ‘ate 19th Century oak heavily inlaid pedestal style desk (from a dressing table). Sold for £400. Lot 338: An Edwardian inlaid mahogany oval drum display cabinet, set on splayed legs. Sold for £300. Lot 373: An antique Windsor comb-back elbow chair, with pierced splat and elm seat, set on turned supports. Sold for £260. Lot 395: reproduction mahogany and brass bound campaign chest of two short and three long graduated drawers, by Kennedy of Ipswich. Sold for £220. Lot 398: A racing rowing boat bow section converted into a bookcase with five open shelves and named “Ibis” – 7’5” high. Sold for £200 and Lot 407: A late 19th Century Oriental carved hardwood overmantel mirror, with pierced air dragons, clouds and flaming pearl decoration, with bevelled oval plate – 3’ X 4’. Sold for £780. 


Lot 450: A 21” 19th Century polished oak rope and anchor pattern cased clock/barometer, with eight day timepiece to top and Woodham of Hungerford aneroid barometer under. Sold for £310. Lot 453: A 20th Century mahogany and ebony inlaid stick barometer, the silvered dial marked for G. Comitti, Holborn. Sold for £110. Lot 483: A late 18th Century oak longcase clock with heavily carved decoration, the 12” square brass dial marked for M. Thomas & Sons, Caernarvon, eight day bell striking movement. Sold for £380 and Lot 484: A Regency inlaid mahogany longcase clock, with 13” arched painted dial marked for Gadsby, Leicestershire, eight day bell striking movement. Sold for £400. 


Lot 608: A bag of collectables, including a lute pattern tape measure, enamelled match-box, Art Nouveau chatelaine notebook, etc. Sold for £120. Lot 609: A 4’2” early 19th Century Chowkidar’s club – or Lohangi Kati, the bamboo shaft with iron strap-work and flanges to top. Sold for £650. Lot 677: A 19th Century flintlock pistol form tinder lighter – maker’s mark Nock of London to lock. Sold for £190. Lot 688: A bone trinket box with basket and fruit decoration to top. Sold for £100. Lot 733: An album of photographs relating to the Dartmouth Slum Clearance fron October 1937-38, named to the Borough Engineer. Sold for £260 and Lot 755: A stained pine framed 19th Century woolwork picture of HMS Hercules under sail – 14 ½” X 18 ½”. Sold for £400. 


Lot 1031: A collection of decorative ceramics, including antique crab-stock teapot, Westcountry pottery, etc. Sold for £120. Lot 1052: A 17” Jennie Hale pottery model of a seated cat. Sold for £160. Lot 1128: A Troika wheel vase with stylised telephone design and abstract verso – signed LJ (Louise Jinks). Sold for £140. Lot 1159: Two limited edition Royal Doulton figures of Laurel and Hardy – HN 2774 and 2775, with certificates 833 of 9,500. Sold for £125. Lot 1176: A collection of Beswick bird ornaments, including Bullfinch and Robin, etc. Sold for £100.  


Lot 1373: A silver spirit kettle by Barker Brothers, with cane bound handle, set on a pierced gallery stand – Birmingham 1921. Sold for £290. Lot 1384: A Georgian silver salver with engraved central armorial motif and shell border – Elizabeth Cooke, London 1763. Sold for £580. Lot 1389: A silver visiting card case with engraved decoration – Birmingham 1873 - sold with a white metal filigree similar. Sold for £150. Lot 1404: A set of twelve silver dinner forks with ornate monogram – London 1890. Sold for £250. Lot 1414: A pair of silver kings pattern asparagus tongs – Charles Lias, London 1840. Sold for £180. Lot 1420: A Georgian Britannia Standard silver basting spoon with bright-cut decoration – Smith & Gamble, Dublin 1826. Sold for £200. Lot 1421: A continental white metal fiddle and thread pattern strainer spoon with engraved armorial verso – EDN and other marks. Sold for £170. Lot 1440: Four 19th Century silver topped scent bottles – sold with other coloured glass examples. Sold for £210 and Lot 1459: A set of six Georgian silver serving spoons with engraved initials – London 1823. Sold for £190. 


Lot 1496: A cased 1989 United Kingdom £5 brilliant uncirculated 22ct gold coin – No.01510. Sold for £1,000. Lot 1512: An 18ct white gold panel ring set with three central diamonds within a diamond border. Sold for £580. Lot 1520: A pair of 18ct white gold (1.01ct total) diamond stud ear-rings. Sold for £1,300. Lot 1553: An 18ct gold seed pearl set foliate pattern pendant suspender, on 15ct gold chain. Sold for £200. Lot 1561: A 3ct diamond solitaire ring with unmarked platinum shank. Sold for £10,000. Lot 1575: An 18ct gold ring set with four oval sapphires interspersed with small diamonds. Sold for £270. Lot 1617: An unmarked high carat gold five stone diamond ring. Sold for £500 and Lot 1641: A gentleman’s Omega 9ct gold wristwatch, with subsidiary second dial and leather strap. Sold for £280. 


Lot 1720: Clara Davidson: oil on canvas entitled No.6 Spring Flowers – 19” X 15 ½”. Sold for £170. Lot 1731: R.O. Lenkiewicz: an ebonised framed ink sketch depicting a stallion and mare – bearing studio stamp. Sold for £140. Lot 1760: A collection of antique and later pictures, including W.Hunt still life, an oil on board by Draper and a Morden map of “Barkshire”, etc. Sold for £300. Lot 1769: Brian Grimwood: a signed limited edition print depicting two giraffe heads as shoes – 16 of 30. Sold for £150. Lot 1781: Jan Van Papendrect: a framed watercolour depicting a Dutch military figure – sold with an oil on panel with two military figures in a market place – letter verso. Sold for £400 and Lot 1811: A 19th Century naïve oil on canvas depicting a three masted sailing vessel, with paddle steamer and shoreline buildings in background – 22” X 31 ½”. Sold for £3,200.


Lot 310: Sold £250

Lot 407: Sold £780

Lot 450: Sold £310

 Lot 755: Sold £400

Lot 1128: Sold £140

Lot 1384: Sold £580

Lot 1496: Sold £1,000

Lot 1520: Sold £1,300

Lot 1461: Sold £10,000

Lot 1811: Sold £3,200