The ornament had been acquired in the 1920s in China by the grandparents of the Devon vendor. Appropriately a buyer from the Far East bought the figure, which features a horse standing tethered to a post, whilst a crouching monkey raises a three-pronged branch, and another monkey sits on his back. The horse sits on a finely carved wooden stand decorated all over with prunus blossom.
A pair of smart brass bound oval two tier trolleys, with red lacquer Chinoiserie decoration, were bought for £1,400 by a phone buyer at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.
Prior to the sale the trolleys had languished in a local lock-up storage unit. The delighted vendor, who was following the auction action online, almost fainted when the gavel came down.
Just edging out this fine price was the £1,600 paid for a splendid Edwardian travelling stationery box.
A battle between an online bidder and a would-be room buyer ensued over this Army and Navy piece, which had had a pre-sale estimate of £300-£500.
Both bidders were keen to claim ownership of this fine item, which was in fantastic condition. It had come to the saleroom from the descendants’ of the original owner. It still has the ivorine Army & Navy ticket dated 1904, along with some entries in the diary and letter book. The room bidder beat off the online interest to secure this special lot.
Other prices of note included £1,160 for a monochrome signed etching entitled Le Pont Neuf by Christopher Michael Wynne Nevison, while a group of 10 Oriental gouaches on rice paper, each depicting scenes of a procession of figures were bought for £1,050.
A pair of Continental Meissen style figures of parakeets perched on tree stumps, which were not in the best condition, were bought for £850.
The saleroom will be hosting a special sale of 20th Century Design in January put together by valuer Simon Rayner. For more information please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.