The African Art Collection of John Rendall

We are excited to announce that our inaugural African & Oceanic Art and Antiquities auction, on 21 March 2018, will include the collection of conservationist John Rendall.

Rendall is most widely known for having raised a lion cub, “Christian”, in his London flat in 1970 before releasing him into the wild. A video of Christian’s reunion with Rendall a year after his release captured the public’s heart when it was published online, collectively garnering over 100 million views.

 

 

 

This varied collection reflects John’s eclectic eye and a remarkable life spent working in Eastern and Southern Africa.

 

 

Oromo Shield
Lot 162 | OROMO SHIELD
hide, an elongated ridge at the centre with radiating relief lines and sewn bush repair, 70cm diamter
£300-500 + fees

 

 

A particular highlight is the set of east & central African shields acquired over decades, each a fine example of its type.

 

 

Konso Shield
Lot 157 | KONSO SHIELD
hide, of leaf shaped form, the leather embossed with dotted decoration and red pigment,
wooden handle on reverse, 104cm high
£300-500 + fees

 

 

Three original print photographs from Christians’ life are also present - including the famous reunion at Kore, all signed by the award winning photographer Derek Cattani.

 

Christian the Lion Reunion
Lot 193 | DEREK CATTANI - JOHN RENDALL & ACE BOURKE
REUNION WITH CHRISTIAN AT KORA, 1971
original print, signed
£300-500 + fees

 

 


 

 

Dates for your Diary

 


Auction | African & Oceanic Art and Antiquities | 21 March at 11am in Edinburgh
 
Viewing | Sun 18 March 12 noon to 4pm | Mon 19 & Tues 20 March 10am to 5pm | Day of Sale from 9am

 

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