SALES REPORT FOR THE TWO DAY AUCTION HELD ON 13th AND 14th NOVEMBER 2014.
THE SALE INCLUDED JEWELLEY, SILVER AND PLATE, FURNITURE, CERAMICS, COLLECTABLES, CLOCKS, PICTURES AND PAINTINGS.
Rendells’ November sale featured a quantity of medals and ephemera from the Smyth family. The principal Lot of this collection (738) included Morris Henry Smyth’s CBE (military), a medal group including India General Service Medal with Burma 1885-7 clasp, miniatures and photographs. Sold on commission against several telephone bidders for a hammer price of £960. After the fall of the silver bullion price, it was nice to see silver items selling for their intrinsic value, exemplified by Lot 1440: a pair of silver owl pattern salt and pepper shakers. Although diminutive, they were perfectly formed and set with coloured glass eyes. Sold for £420. While in the Ceramics section, a rare North Devon (or Donyatt) pottery puzzle jug attracted numerous commission bids, finally selling to a telephone bidder for £420.
Details of these and some of the other better Lots in the sale follow: Bold text items are illustrated.
Lot 104: A 4’1” Victorian pine dresser with associated three shelf open plate rack, over a base with two short drawers and flanking panelled cupboard doors. Sold for £210. Lot 203: A 3’ 7” Georgian mahogany chest of two short and four long graduated drawers, set on splayed bracket feet. Sold for £200. Lot 220: A pair of 6’ two seater settees, upholstered in old gold coloured crushed velvet. Sold for £400. Lot 284: A late 19th Century English Chinoiserie cabinet with moulded cornice, two glazed panel doors enclosing shelves, set on a base with two short drawers, double cupboard and undertier. Sold for £500. Lot 345: A Victorian mahogany framed cheval mirror with large scroll pattern supports, shaped platform base and splayed legs. Sold for £210. Lot 362: A 5’ 9” late Victorian mahogany framed and upholstered chaise longue, with carved scroll acanthus decoration, set on cabriole legs. Sold for £250. Lot 377: A 34” 19th Century mahogany oval top games table, the sliding middle section opening to reveal a tooled leather backgammon board and secret compartment under, set on a faceted and tapered pillar with quatrefoil base. Sold for £200. Lot 399: A nest of inlaid mahogany quartetto tea tables, set on slender turned supports with splayed legs. Sold for £210 and Lot 424: A 1950’s flame mahogany cased Dynatron Ether Princess radiogramme. Type P.94, No.2103. Sold for £360.
CLOCKS & BAROMETERS:
Lot 486: A 19th Century mahogany cased dial wall clock, the 12” painted dial marked G.E. Owen, Barmouth, with fusee movement and mounted on a decorative carved oak wall bracket. Sold for £200. Lot 499: A 19th Century oak cased bracket clock with gilt metal mounts, flanking half columns and remains of silvering to dial, with German eight day gong striking movement. Sold for £120. Lot 509: A brass cased carriage clock, with enamelled dial and French eight day movement. Sold for £110 and Lot 520: An antique mahogany longcase clock, the 12” painted arched dial marked Tobias Fletcher, Barnsley, with thirty hour bells striking movement. Sold for £260.
Lot 574: A boxed Fujifilm GA645 camera – sold with a Yashica T3 Super in soft case. Sold for £150. Lot 584: A Carlton Ware ceramic Guinness advertising table lamp in the form of a penguin holding a plaque inscribed “Draught Guinness”, with original rotating shade. Sold for £140. Lot 671: A 30” vintage hard leather travelling case with wooden runners, “American” J.B. locks and lined interior. Sold for £400. Lot 687: A 1930’s Swan “Gold Filigree” plated fountain pen. Sold for £140. Lot 709: A cased 1940 Leica IIIc camera – No. 362452. Sold for £210. Lot 373: An 1846 pattern Royal Navy Officer’s sword with knot, in scabbard and an 1879 pattern Midshipman’s dirk. Sold for £320. Lot 738: Morris Henry Smyth CBE, Lieutenant and Captain, Royal Navy: cased medal group comprising India General Service Medal with clasp “Burma 1885-7”, Great War and Victory medals and Italian War Merit Cross with letter, a cased CBE (military) medal, miniatures of same and two framed photographs, etc. Sold for £960. Lot 742: An oak cased barograph with presentation plaque to H.M. Smyth. Sold for £200. Lot 745: A French gilt metal trinket box with central enamel portrait panel depicting Napoleon Bonaparte. Sold for £150. Lot 747: A 3 ¼” diameter antique trinket box, the push-fit lid set with a miniature painting depicting a maiden bathing al fresco, with waterfall in background, tortoiseshell lined. Sold for £660 and Lot 769: Three mid 20th Century painted vinyl Hoover promotional advertising figures with squeakers, Fluff, Dust and Grit – by Semco. Sold for £135.
Lot 1047: A Gaudy Welsh jug and an English sparrow beak jug with Oriental style decoration in the Imari palette. Sold for £120. Lots 1114 and 1120: Both containing a selection of Portmeirion Botanic Garden pattern tea and dinnerware. Sold for a combined hammer price of £340. Lot 1159: A 12” Clarice Cliff Bizzare Lotus shape jug, with polychrome abstract leaf design – 668241 (a/f). Sold for £180. Lot 1171: An 8 ½” Moorcroft pomegranate pattern vase with flared rim. Sold for £150. Lot 1216: Two damaged Victorian Staffordshire cow creamers. Sold for £160. Lot 1221: An 8” early North Devon (or Donyatt) pottery puzzle jug, with sgraffito motto “When Licquer is good and friends do meet…”, initialled TS and dated 1835. Sold for £420 and Lot 1228: A 14 ½” early Royal Dux figure of a peasant girl and boy – embossed marks and E impressed pink triangle. Sold for £130.
Lot 1401: A four piece silver tea and coffee set – Birmingham 1938, L&G. Sold for £175. Lot 1419: A three piece silver tea set of faceted design – London 1913. Sold for £140. Lot 1425: A pair of Italian silver tapered column candlesticks with loaded circular bases. Sold for £165. Lot 1435: A pair of 8 ¾” silver Corinthian column candlesticks with detachable nozzles and loaded plinth bases – Sheffield 1895. Sold for £290. Lot 1440: A pair of silver owl pattern salt and pepper shakers with glass eyes – Chester 1911. Sold for £420 and Lot 1448: A silver basket with swing handle and pierced decoration, by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. – London 1908. Sold for £210.
Lot 1480: A 9ct. gold watch chain/necklace, with T-bar, anchor chain pattern links and lobster clasp. Sold for £420. Lot 1515: A boxed unmarked gold crescent pattern brooch, set with fifteen graduated diamonds. Sold for £720. Lot 1516: An 18ct. gold designer ring in the ancient Egyptian style, set with cabochon carved emerald scarab, with engraved decoration to shank. Sold for £700. Lot 1578: An 18ct. white gold ring, set with 2ct. aquamarine within a diamond border. Sold for £700. Lot 1632: An 18ct. white gold cross, set with baguette diamonds within a diamond border, on 18ct. chain. Sold for £500. Lot 1637: A Chopard boxed 18ct. white gold Bulgari band, with branding to edges. Sold for £400 and Lot 1684: An 18ct. gold double shank cross-over ring, with rubies and diamonds in raised settings. Sold for £460.
PICTURES & PAINTINGS:
Lot 1748: A signed print of a Lancaster bomber “The Dambusters” – wartime survivors of 617 squadron, Royal Air Force, bearing signatures of crew (a/f). Sold for £70. Lot 1762: A Michael Jackson poster – autographed, with note of provenance verso dated 16 Nov 2006. Sold for £110. Lot 1779: A gilt framed oil painting on wooden panel depicting a busy 19th Century village scene, with figures, horses and cattle – signed W. Pail. Sold for £130 and Lot 1796: Peter Cosslett: a framed oil on board depicting a coastal view with waves breaking on a rocky shoreline – 11 ½” X 15 ¼”. Sold for £340.