Rendells’ May sale featured some beautifully presented gentleman’s wristwatches, fine jewellery and a “coat of many colours” in the form of an antique Chinese Mandarin robe which found all available telephone lines taken by Chinese buyers, with other interested parties in attendance. After a protracted bidding war this rare coat in fairly worn condition sold in the room for a hammer price of £6,000. Furniture and Collectables also sold well, but the star Lot over the two days was an 18ct. white gold diamond solitaire ring with 3.38ct. stone which sold to a private buyer for a hammer price of £7,500.


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



Lot 103: A 4’ 10” Victorian pine dresser with three shelf open plate rack, over a base with two drawers and pair of panelled cupboard doors under. Sold for £430. Lot 189: A 4’ 2” Globe Wernicke oak roll-top desk, with tambour enclosing a fully fitted interior, with central frieze drawer and flanking pedestal drawers. Sold for £400. Lot 281: A 24” Edwardian mahogany vitrine, with moulded dentil cornice, all round glazing and central lattice front drawer, set on short cabriole legs with claw and ball feet. Sold for £300. Lot 303: A 4’ 6” antique oak settle with carved and tongue moulded decoration to panelled back, open arm rests and locker seat. Sold for £600. Lot 304: A late 17th Century oak wainscot chair with decorative carved back panel, solid seat, turned front supports and stretcher base. Sold for £1,350. Lot 305: A 3’ 4” Georgian cross-banded mahogany and walnut chest on stand, with moulded cornice, three short and three long graduated drawers, set on a base with single drawer and shaped apron, set on cabriole legs with pad feet. Sold for £400. Lot 314: A 20 ½” Victorian mahogany specimen chest by Watkins & Doncaster (The Naturalists), with flight of twenty glass topped display drawers containing a collection of butterflies and moths (various condition), enclosed by a locking glazed panel door. Sold for £420. Lot 337: A 4’ 2” figured walnut veneered twin pedestal desk, with galleried and green leather inset top, over three short and two pairs of flanking panelled drawers, set on moulded brackets and H-stretcher base. Sold for £380. Lot 357: A pair of 16” diameter marble topped bedside cabinets in the form of fluted pedestals, set on faceted plinth bases. Sold for £500. Lot 364: A pair of early 20th Century mahogany framed easy chairs, with button back leather upholstery, set on turned front legs with brass casters. Sold for £900. Lot 375: A 5’ Art Deco walnut veneered dining table, set on standard ends – sold with a set of six tub shaped dining chairs, with cream coloured Jacquard upholstery and square tapered front legs. Sold for £1,250 and Lot 381: A 23” 19th Century Burmese hardwood Davenport, with all over carved and pierced foliate scroll decoration, the raised superstructure with Hindu deity and five short drawers, four enclosed drawers to side and bird pattern front supports (a/f), set on mask head terminals. Sold for £500.



Lot 501: A pair of late 19th Century polished black slate obelisks with inlaid panel of hardstone samples over a pietra dura flower. Sold for £190. Lot 526: Two late 19th Century Spanish polychrome terracotta sculptures on wooden bases by Jose Cubero Garbadon, Malaga, comprising a 9” seated guitarist and 10 ¼” male dancer – sold with a painted papier mache figure of an Indian dancing girl, two under glass domes. Sold for £820. Lot 550: A 28” early 20th Century half hull model of a fully rigged schooner flying the red ensign, contained within a glazed fronted wall mounted display case. Sold for £310. Lot 558: A 19th Century Canadian Governor General’s Bodyguard helmet, with red horse hair plume and applied brass decoration. Sold for £380. Lot 618: An antique Chinese Mandarin embroidered light blue silk robe with gold thread air dragons, coloured clouds, storks and other motifs, with diagonal closure, material toggles and chevron pattern to lower section. Sold for £6,000. Lot 650: A painted pine carpenter’s tool chest with tray fitted interior, containing a selection of collectable tools, including Stanley No.71 ½ router, No. 12 scraper and numerous moulding planes, etc. Sold for £290.



Lot 1035: A 15 ½” diameter Victorian glass dome on ebonised wood base. Sold for £120. Lot 1089: A large quantity of Portmeirion Botanic Garden pattern pottery, including dinner plates, soup bowls, dishes, cups and saucers, etc. Sold for £220. Lot 1119: A 5 ½” diameter Clarice Cliff Bizzare pattern plant pot holder – Wilkinson Ltd. Sold for £150. Lot 1146: An early 20th Century Shelley Queen Anne six piece coffee set including coffeepot (a/f) with tree and sunrise decoration 11479. Sold for £180 and Lot 1180: A 26” 1898 Royal Worcester female figure by James Hadley, shape 1441, a Bacchante in green dress playing a tambourine – Rd.145171. Sold for £320.



Lot 1296: An antique Turkish Ladik prayer rug, with central stylised tree motif and wide triple border on red ground (worn) – 7’ 1” X 4’ 3”. Sold for £680 and Lot 1297: A Shiraz Kilim rug, with three central diamond motifs in grape, orange and black, within a wide triple border – 8’ 9” X 4’ 10”. Sold for £320.



Lot 1351: A silver table garniture of cubic form, comprising salt pepper and vase, with impressed boss decoration by Keith Tyssen – Sheffield 1971. Sold for £210. Lot 1355: An 18th Century silver sauce boat, with acanthus scroll handle and shell topped hoof pattern feet – base marks London 1767. Sold for £180. Lot 1366: A 12 ¼” antique French ornate white metal ecclesiastical chalice with high relief embossed decoration, bearing minerva mark and maker’s FF (in diamond) – bearing inscription dated 1869 to underside of foot. Sold for £560. Lot 1392: A late Georgian silver toddy ladle with turned wood handle – sold with a silver marrow spoon by William Chawner – London 1818. Sold for £160. Lot 1394: A pair of 11 ½” silver Corinthian column candlesticks with detachable nozzles, set on stepped and gadrooned loaded bases – London 1776 ISIB (probably James Stamp & John Barker). Sold for £820 and Lot 1398: A silver coffee pot of fluted baluster design and a matching teapot – both London 1900 – different makers. Sold for £380.



Lot 1463: An 18ct. gold three stone diamond ring – size X. Sold for £300. Lot 1470: An 18ct. gold mounted large teardrop shaped citrine pendant – with Sri Lanka receipt for the gold setting. Sold for £300. Lot 1504: An 18ct. white gold 3.38ct. diamond solitaire ring. Sold for £7,500. Lot 1505: A pair of 18ct. white gold diamond stud ear-rings. Sold for £520. Lot 1513: An 18ct. gold ring, set with five graduated old cut diamonds – Birmingham 1883. Sold for £3,100. Lot 1541: An 18ct. gold Rolex lady’s Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, on original gold bracelet – No.8570F. Sold for £4,200. Lot 1543: A Breitling gentleman’s steel and gold cased chronograph wristwatch – No.D13050.1. Sold for £1,600. Lot 1547: A Tag Heuer gentleman’s steel cased Aquaracer chronograph wristwatch with Team USA 34th America’s Cup branding, complete with all packaging and paperwork. Sold for £1,700 and Lot 1557: A Breitling gentleman’s steel cased automatic Chrono Super Avenger wristwatch, with white dial – No.2567952, complete with all packaging and related paperwork, also spare steel Breitling bracelet. Sold for £2,000.



Lot 1586: William Widgery: a gilt framed watercolour depicting cattle beside a moorland pool – 10 ½” X 18 ½”. Sold for £120. Lot 1616: Thomas Heal: an early 20th Century Scottish school gilt framed oil on canvas, depicting hill sheep resting in a mountainous landscape – 15 ½” X 21 ½”. Sold for £180. Lot 1635: A.D. Bell: a gilt framed oil on board, depicting a tall ship at sea – 12” X 17 ½”. Sold for £280 and Lot 1678: Harry Edmonds Crute: a framed oil on board, entitled “Babbacombe Bay from Petitor” – 8 ½” X 11”. Sold for £160.



Lot 304: Sold £1,350


Lot 381: Sold £500


Lot 526: Sold £820


 Lot 618: Sold £6,000


Lot 1366: Sold £560


Lot 1394: Sold £820

Lot 1504: Sold £7,500

Lot 1513: Sold £3,100

Lot 1541: Sold £4,200

Lot 1557: Sold £2,000