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Successful Sporting Sale

April 2023

A buyer from The Cotswolds placed the top bid to secure a signed and inscribed oil on panel by well-regarded countryside artist Lionel Edwards at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Spring Sporting Sale.

Consigned by a North Somerset vendor it sold for £5,000. It featured huntsmen and hounds and was inscribed “wet evening, Horner” to the top.

Other notable prices included a large collection of Border Fine Arts figures from a deceased private estate, which made £2,400.

Appropriately one of the models featured an auctioneering scene, more redolent of the Sedgemoor Auction Centre at North Petherton with its livestock than the antiques of The Octagon Salerooms, East Street, Taunton.

Entitled, What Am I Bid? it depicted an auction ring complete with sheep and stockman, a couple of auctioneers on the rostrum plus some interested bidders.

Showing the sweep of items at the sale an unusual early wooden painted pigeon decoy made £280 and a copper hunting horn went for £180. 

A bronze figure of a running hound achieved £150, while four bound volumes of The Sporting Life’s hunts and huntsmen sold for £140.

The auctioneers hold their next regular monthly auction on Thursday, May 4. This will include a specialist books and maps section together with a segment devoted to sporting items. For more information please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525

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