A magnificent aquamarine, diamond and pearl pendant/brooch was the dazzling highlight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt's monthly antiques auction.

The beautiful example had attracted much pre-sale interest and also adorned the front of the sale catalogue.

It had been consigned to the leading Westcountry auctioneers at one of their regular valuation mornings at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton.

These sessions are held on a monthly basis and provide would-be vendors with the chance to talk to an antiques expert and receive a verbal valuation of items. It is also an opportunity to consign goods for future sales.

The next valuation morning takes place at Sedgemoor on Saturday (March 16) between 10am and 12 noon. There is no need to book for these advisory events.

Valuation mornings are also held each Monday at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, where a full team of experts is on hand. Simply turn up. Other valuation sessions are held by appointment at the salerooms.

The pendant/brooch was centred with a cushion-shaped aquamarine in a fitted case marked ‘London and Ryder, 17 New Bond Street.’

Bidding commenced at £1,000 with a flurry of internet interest and briskly rose to a commanding £2,700 call from the successful room bidder.

An intricately decorated Moorish octagonal occasional table was another pleasing performer. This was decorated with bone inlaid marquetry and featured a “secret” drawer to the frieze. It was bought for £600.

A small oil painting by Scottish artist Charles McCall entitled ‘Mending’ was bought online for £320.
McCall (1907-1989) was born in Edinburgh. In 1933 he won a scholarship to the Edinburgh College of Art, where he studied under DM Sutherland and SJ Peploe.

One of the more quirky offerings was a small early 20th Century ‘sentry safe’ floor safe. A room bidder paid £280 for this piece.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, April 4. It will include a dedicated sporting section put together by enthusiast Stuart Triggol.

Entries are now being accepted for the April sale. Please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525 for more details.