A large collection of Copeland Spode teawares was the top lot at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent antiques sale.

The auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, coincided with the imposition of the second national lockdown so there were no buyers in the venue, but that did not stop an enthusiastic online following for the event.

Although the public cannot attend sales in person there are still a number of bidding options. Would-be buyers can follow the auction live and bid online, book a telephone call and follow the lot they are interested in or alternatively leave a commission bid with the auctioneers with the top price they are prepared to pay for any item.

A dedicated Covid secure “click and collect” service operates for successful buyers to pick up their goods following the sale.

The extensive Copeland Spode collection of teawares with painted floral decoration on an ochre ground, within gilt borders proved a hit. It was bought for £1,680.

Teaware and dinnerware are enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment as people spend more time at home and want to use crockery that is beautiful as well as practical.

Valuer Simon Rayner has noticed an uptick in interest in ceramics generally as items that might have been previously overlooked are being re-evaluated in lockdown.

Products that are well made always have a market and so it proved with an early 19th Century hardwood linen press, which was bought for £1,250.

As ever jewellery was much in demand – both a sapphire single stone gold ring and a diamond solitaire platinum ring were bought for £1,170.

Preparations are in hand for the final two sales of the year – the regular antiques sale on Thursday, December 3, and the last of the quarterly collectors’ sales on Friday, December 4.