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Sporting Sale Exceeds Expectations

October 2022

The eagerly awaited biannual sporting sale at Greenslade Taylor Hunt produced a plethora of fine prices across all sections.

Dedicated salegoers had to wait for the conclusion of the monthly antiques auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, to bid for items in this specialist sale – one of the few of its kind in the country.

Bidders were not disappointed with the high calibre of goods on offer. Top of the pile was a “one off” watercolour by Snaffles, which sold to an internet bidder for £3,500.

This amusing painting depicts amateur jockey Captain Bobby Vivian being unseated as he rides in the Grand Military Gold Cup in 1923.

The painting by Snaffles, (Charlie Johnson Payne 1884-1967) the artist renowned for his depiction of horses in action, had a terrific provenance having been handed down by Captain Vivian’s family through the generations.

An excellent bronze figure of a woodcock, in the style of Bergmann, was another sale success. This diminutive figure measuring just under 20cm high marked 'Austria' on the underside sold for £1,700.
Another good price - £1,000 – was achieved for a Webley & Scott Ltd air pistol in a fitted case.

Of local interest was a watercolour of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds dating from 1955. Painted by Michael Lyne it went for £450.

In the taxidermy section a selection of exotic birds under a glass dome made £400. A limited edition copy of In Neil McShane’s Hunt Buttons of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland sold for £300.

A Snaffles print made £180. There was a large fishing entry of rods and reels. Notable prices included £75 for an Orvis graphite three section fishing rod and £95 for a Hardy Marquis salmon No 1 fishing reel.

Entries for the corresponding spring sale, which will be held next April, are already being accepted by Stuart Triggol, who co-ordinates these events. For more information and to consign items please contact Stuart on 07860928797.


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