A first foray into the saleroom proved a spectacular success for a new entrant into the world of auctions.

The delighted debutante bought a modern 18ct gold and diamond three -quarter eternity ring by Iliana for £800 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first sale of the year.

It was another busy day in the saleroom with fresh faces supporting the auction in person, online and on the phones.

In addition to the regular sale a decorative art and 20th Century design sale also took place and achieved a number of notable prices – prime amongst these was £14,000 for a set of seven pottery tiles by Henry Stacy Marks for Minton depicting “The Seven Ages Of Man.”

In the main sale an appealing cat enchanted phone, room and internet interest. The beautiful Victorian gold and reverse crystal intalgio or “Essex crystal” brooch attracted feverish bidding.

However the room bidder emerged the most determined and shrugged off other contenders to capture the cat with a call of £1,700.

A distinctive Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen silver necklace went to a room bidder for £1,000. This lovely item had adorned the front cover of the auction catalogue.

An early 20th Century 18ct gold and diamond solitaire ring went to a room bidder for £1,400, while an early 20th Century amber bead necklace made £950.

A comprehensive silver section included a number of good performers. Pick of the section was a vintage German standard silver table service for 12. It sold for £1,100.

A Chinese carved hardwood plant stand with marble inset top made £850 and went to a room bidder.

An oil on board by Anne Cotterill of yellow poppies also sold well and went for £700 to an online bidder.

The auctioneers are accepting entries for the next sale on Thursday, February 6. It will be followed on Friday, February 7, by an automobilia sale. For more information please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.