A brightly painted William IV/early Victorian part dinner service was highly prized at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent antiques sale.

The floral and gilt decorated dinner service, which showed signs of discolouration and repairs to a couple of plates, along with a broken lid to a tureen enchanted an international buyer.

Brisk bidding at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, saw the price swiftly escalate and the hammer came down at £1,600.

There was also interest in a quirky Queen Anne miniature or toy trivet. Valuer Simon Rayner found it as he rummaged in a box with a mixture of other items consigned by a vendor.

Simon’s research confirmed the tiny piece, decorated with fish, was Anglo Dutch in design. It had a London Britannia silver mark for 1702. It sold for £420.

A desirable blonde tortoiseshell tea caddy caused a stir among a number of phone bidders and had attracted a good deal of pre-sale interest. It sold for a pleasing £580.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, July 8, from 10am. It will feature a special section of 20th Century design.

The auctioneers are now able to host free face-to-face valuation appointments at the saleroom. Please ring 01823 332525 to secure your no obligation slot.