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Man’s Best Friend Takes Leading Role at Sale

March 2023

Everyone, or nearly everyone, loves a dog or so it seemed from the reaction to a cute Victorian reverse carved Essex crystal silver dog kennel at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s March antiques sale.

More than 20 admirers were entranced by the hound - and his diminutive home - prior to proceedings getting underway at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

So, it was unsurprising that interest in the white and black mutt soared as bidding got established. Hallmarked for London 1880, by T.B. Thomas & Co, New Bond Street, this quirky piece sold for £1,400 to a net bidder.

It was one of a series of fine prices achieved throughout the auction.

Top dog – Victorian Essex crystal silver dog kennel sold for £1,400 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s March sale.

Another decorative piece – a South American gold panel bracelet made £4,500 – the day’s top price. The bracelet was consigned by a local vendor whose parents bought it whilst in South America in the 1960s. These bracelets were handmade by local goldsmiths showing the deep Spanish influence on the area, however the use of the Inca ‘Sun Ray’ shows a blend of the religions. These bracelets were often worn during carnivals and other community celebrations. 
South American gold panel bracelet made £4,500 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s March sale.

Jewellery in all its charming iterations enjoyed a particularly good day. An early 18ct diamond solitaire ring went for £3,500, while an antique diamond brooch sold for £1,100.

In the Oriental section a Chinese jade libation cup went to an online bidder for £3,200 and some fine Japanese wood blocks sold for £900.

A phone bidder secured a set of Victorian drawers, of haberdashery interest, for £650.

An attractive collection of unframed artworks in the manner of William Morris made £500.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, April 6. Items are being accepted for this sale and the biannual sporting sale, which will follow the conclusion of the April monthly sale.

For more information please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.

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