A would-be buyer travelled for two-and-a-half hours to secure a matched pair of 19th century mahogany elbow chairs at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February antiques sale.

His lengthy journey paid off as following spirited competition from a phone bidder also eager to acquire the chairs the hammer finally came down in favour of the long distance traveller. He paid £11,100 for the pair.

The chairs had come from a Somerset estate and more furniture from this source will be included in the auctioneers March sale.

Furniture in all its guises performed well at The Octagon Saleroom, East Reach, and Taunton. An imposing Victorian oak partners desk sold for £1,235, while a vast Victorian haberdashery shop counter went for £925.

A room bidder took home an Arts and Crafts style oak stick stand. The hammer coming down at £300. A commission bid won the day for a George III walnut lowboy with a £400 call. There was a strong appetite in the room for smaller, well-constructed pieces and the sale did not disappoint.

All sections of the sale enjoyed highlights. A Chinese ginger jar, lacking its lid, did not deter would-be purchasers. A phone buyer emerged triumphant and paid £3,950.

Jewellery performed consistently with the standout item being a French diamond, single stone ring.. This had been well viewed prior to the sale and went to a phone bidder, who paid £3,580.

A room bidder bought a large and striking, cloisonne group depicting a pair of rearing horses. This decorative item featured on the front of the sales catalogue and fetched £740.

The saleroom was busy throughout the day with a number of new faces alongside the stalwarts who support the auctions each month.

Entries are being accepted for the next antiques auction on March 1 and the first of the quarterly collectors’ sales on March 2. Please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525 for more details.