Auctioneer and valuer Simon Rayner promised a “cracking section of furniture” as he took to the rostrum at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s September antiques sale.

So often derided as “brown furniture” there was nothing drab about the items consigned to the auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. The variety of lots from rustic pieces to more ornate offerings to garden furniture all grabbed the attention of buyers in the room, online and on the telephone.

A George III elm box settle proved the day’s highlight. Bidding began at £550 for this lovely piece and swiftly climbed to £2,100.  A room bidder bought the settle.

A rustic, and very substantial, oak refectory table had created a lot of pre-sale interest. On sale day it was a phone bidder who emerged victorious and bought the table for £1,175.

A pair of fruitwood and elm, Mendlesham type, Windsor armchairs were another success in the saleroom and sold to an online bidder for £970.

A number of items had been consigned from a farmhouse clearance including a George III oak chest on stand, which went to a room bidder for £740. From the same source a phone bidder bought a 19th Century fruitwood cricket table for £620.

Away from the furniture there were a number of notable sums achieved. In the picture section an oil on board portrait of a young lady signed and dated by artist Arthur Royce Bradbury appealed to phone, room and internet interest. Eventually the internet seized the initiative with a bid of £1,550.

In the jewellery section a modern Italian 18ct gold fancy cable link necklace entranced a room bidder who bought the piece for £1,210.

In this section a number of items were sold on behalf of St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, which enjoyed a useful boost in funding.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, October 3. It will be followed by the biannual sporting sale.