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Carpet Dodges Skip to Create Sale Highlight

February 2023

No fewer than six phone lines fought for ownership of a red ground carpet with central medallion at Greenslade Taylor Hunt's February antiques sale.

Initially interest came online for the carpet, but this was edged out, by determined phone bidders. They pushed the bidding to £5,500 – the top price of the day.

The sum was all the more pleasing as the carpet had been saved from a skip before making its stellar appearance at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A contractor undertaking a house clearance had found the carpet lurking in a cellar and had been instructed by the owner to dump it.

However the worker thought it might have some value so took it to the saleroom, where Valuer Simon Rayner thought it could make a successful lot.

The result ensured the homeowner enjoyed an unexpected monetary boost thanks to the efforts of the canny clearance contractor.

An attractive seascape by Charles Napier Hemy was another success. Entitled “The Little Yacht, Falmouth,” this also sparked a good deal of pre-sale interest.

A phone caller emerged as the successful bidder with a call of £4,500 for the painting. The artist, born in Newcastle, moved to Falmouth in 1881, where he remained until his death in 1917. Two of his works are in the Tate collections.

The Little Yacht, Falmouth, sold for £4,500.

Four oil on board flower paintings by Anne Cotterill, which had come from a local private deceased estate also appealed to salegoers. The pick of the bunch was a study of roses, which made £850 and was bought by an internet bidder.

A run of agricultural themed Border Fine Arts ceramics from a local collection together achieved just shy of £4,000.

An 18ct opal ring was the standout lot in the jewellery section and sold to a phone bidder for £1,200. A late 19th Century/early 20th Century hairwork heart charm or pendant sold for £900.

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, March 2, from 10am. It will be followed on Friday, March 3, by the first quarterly collectors’ sale of 2023. For information on both events and to consign items please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.

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