Rendells’ October sale can be summed up with one word “Iznik”. The beautiful and extremely rare fritware pottery tile which was brought into us by a private vendor and had been earmarked to be sold at a church jumble sale as part of a garage clearout, generated International interest with ten telephone lines booked and numerous commission bids. After a long protracted bidding war it came down to the last two lines, finally selling for a hammer price of £155,000. There were good results in other sections of the sale, with Furniture, Collectables and Stamps also selling well. In Pictures a panoramic view of Dartmoor by Frederick J. Widgery sold for £1,200 and an album of early to mid 20th Century postcards featuring views of Newton Abbot sold in the room for £650. 

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

FURNITURE (including Outside Effects):

Lot 8: A D-shaped limestone trough – 35” X 32”. Sold for £290. Lot 45: A 5’ 5” oblong granite trough. Sold for £720. Lot 182: A 36” late Victorian oak bench with flanking baton handles, set on turned tapered legs. Sold for £280. Lot 225: A 3’ 3” French oak buffet servery table with opposing slides and two undertiers, set on moulded square supports. Sold for £330. Lot 230: A 3’ 3” Victorian mahogany two part book cabinet with glazed top and two door cupboard base. Sold for £260. Lot 241: A 3’ 10” French painted pine double wardrobe with painted perching bird decoration to panelled doors and parcel gilt detailing. Sold for £300. Lot 265: A 32” iron bound oak silver chest with flanking handles, original lock and key – interior trays missing. Sold for £240. Lot 266: A 21” early 19th Century mahogany and cross banded work table, with single drawer and double fronted deep drawer under, flanking slides and drop leaf to rear with twin gated supports. Sold for £400. Lot 303: A 35” late 19th Century leather travelling trunk with twin belted straps and brass latch cover, enclosing a blue and white material lined interior. Sold for £300. Lot 312: A pair of 15” pitch pine washstands with marble inset tops, single drawer and cupboard, set on ring turned supports with undertier. Sold for £250. Lot 315: A 6’ Art Deco walnut book matched veneered extending dining table with sprung pop-up leaf, set on an oval pedestal base. Sold for £420. Lot 317: A set of four Chippendale style ribbon back dining chairs – sold with a similar pair. Sold for £300 and Lot 335: A 24” antique walnut veneered cross banded and herring bone strung bachelor’s chest with brushing slide and four long graduated drawers under, set on raised bracket feet. Sold for £500.


Lot 538: A framed World War I montage featuring monochrome photographic portrait of an officer beneath embroidered text “Singapore Present” and flanking flags, with naval battle print under. Sold for £130. Lot 546: A brass astronomical telescope on adjustable tripod stand – rebuilt in 1973, with wooden transit case. Sold for £160. Lot 583: A 4’ 11” antique Indonesian teak and ironwood Gambang Kayu (Xylophone), with flanking carved dragon pattern handles and all over decorated resonator body. Sold for £200. Lot 586: A 7” polished serpentine pedestal bowl – 12 ½” diameter. Sold for £170. Lot 586: A 9” diameter serpentine footed bowl. Sold for £150. Lot 613: J.B. “Jimmy” Boulton 903033 Air Observer: World War II medal group, cased miniatures, extensive collection of photographs and 1940-50 log book, etc. Sold for £400. Lot 614: An Egyptian wooden box containing a selection of medals including Russian Medal for Victory over Germany 1941-45, etc. Sold for £140. Lot 659: A late 19th Century walnut cased Lachenal & Co. thirty button concertina – No. 19169 - numerous repairs to bellows and some damage. Sold for £480. Lot 660: A metal bound hardwood cased Mah-Jong set, with bone and bamboo tiles. Sold for £160 and Lot 668: A small collection of modern Eskimo art including stone bust. Sold for £140.


Lot 1013: A selection of mostly framed polychrome printed pot lids with architectural decoration, including Crystal Palace and Blackfriars Bridge. Sold for £320 (part of a private collection sold for a combined hammer price of £1,290). Lot 1079: A Wedgewood Florentine pattern dinner and tea service, including soup bowls and gravy boat, etc. £420. Lot 1139: A pair of 17” Bohemian cut glass conical shaped decanters and stoppers, one green the other red, with silver collars – London 1932. Sold for £130. Lot 1140: A 9 ½” square Ottoman Empire Iznik fritware pottery tile with parrots flanking a pedestal fountain decoration, in emerald green, blue and red colourway with surrounding floral scrolls – circa late 16th/early 17th Century. Sold for £155,000.


Lot 1212: An 11” cast bell bearing text “Port Brisbane”. Sold for £310. Lot 1238: A Victorian cast iron umbrella stand with pierced standard ends, containing two vintage parasols. Sold for £110. Lot 1250: An 18” 1920’s bronze figure of Diana, with deep green patina, signed (Pierre) Le Faguays and foundry mark Susse Frerres, Paris – bow missing, threads present. Sold for £1,100.


Lot 1349: F.J. Widgery: a framed and gilt slipped gouache painting, depicting a panoramic view of Dartmoor with pool in foreground and tors in distance – 11” X 31”. Sold for £1,200. Lot 1364: Ernest Knight: a framed oil on canvas “Widecombe in the Moor”, signed, inscribed and dated 1981 verso – 11 ½” X 15 ½”. Sold for £180. Lot 1403: A Victorian unsigned oil on canvas depicting a bay horse in a field, with chickens feeding from a bucket – 17 ½” X 23 ¼”. Sold for £150.


Lot 1432: A black Stanley Gibbons album containing a collection of Australia and area Victorian and later stamps. Sold for £500. Lot 1433: A black Stanley Gibbons album containing a collection of Canada and provinces Victorian and later stamps. Sold for £380. Lot 1434: A green Stanley Gibbons album containing a collection of New Zealand and area Victorian and later stamps. Sold for £370. Lot 1436: A box containing a large collection of early and mid 20th Century postcards of Cornwall, including coastal and architectural, mainly monochrome and sepia. Sold for £260. Lot 1442: An album containing W.R. Grays monochrome photographic postcards of South Devon, including moorland and coastal views. Sold for £150 and Lot 1456: An album containing early to mid 20th Century postcards of Newton Abbot and area, including multiple views of Newton Abbot market, street scenes, topographic and architecture. Sold for £650.





Lot1140: A 9½" square Ottoman Period, Iznik fritware pottery tile with parrots flanking a pedestal fountain decoration, in emerald green, blue and red colourway with surrounding floral scrolls - circa late 16th / early 17th Century - in later decorative frame.


Sold for a hammer price of £155,000.

Lot 335: Sold £500


 Lot 583: Sold £200


Lot 613: Sold £400


Lot 659: Sold £480

Lot 1212: Sold £310

Lot 1250: Sold £1,100


Lot 1349: Sold £1,200