There were plenty of “big ticket” items at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s November antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

However looking beyond the “showstoppers” there were a number of standout items at more pocket friendly prices.

A pair of early 19th Century Derby saltglaze stoneware lion figural salts, the lion standing behind two baskets of flowers and central spill holder, would add class to any dinner party.

Auctioneer and valuer Simon Rayner declared them his favourite lot in the sale and his judgement was backed by a brace of phone bidders plus widespread internet interest. They sold for £850.

Continuing the animal theme a delightful quartet of four Meissen monkey musician figures captured a number of hearts, but it was a decisive phone bidder who took them home when the hammer came down at £650.

An unusual, and decidedly alarming looking, Victorian bronze inkwell in the form of a lobster found a new home with a phone bidder for £380.

A pair of Chinese porcelain “water dropper” vases with gourd shaped necks and globular bodies, painted with scholars’ objects, fetched £600.

A good-looking British School (late 18th/early 19th Century) portrait of a young lady, unsigned oil on canvas sold for £650.

A specialist books and maps section was well supported with a number of notable prices achieved. A collection of signed poems was bought for £800, while a modern volume of Kokoschka drawings went for £395.

A collection of natural history books was bought for £850 and a small stack of 19th Century bindings achieved £495.

There is no let up for the auctioneers as they hold two sales in December to close another successful year at the saleroom.

The regular monthly antiques sale takes place on Thursday, December 5, and the final quarterly collectors sale is on Friday, December 6.

For more information and to consign items for future sales please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.