A couple of Alpine oil on canvases hit the heights at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, selling for an incredible £32,300.

Both by Gabriel Loppé (1824-1913) they attracted considerable pre-sale interest and the bidding for a signed glacial landscape, opened at £18,000.

The paintings had been consigned from a house clearance in West Somerset and fittingly they were kept together as an internet buyer secured both for £32,300.

The buyer, a South East gallery owner, had a long-term interest in the painter. He fought off intense interest from other internet bidders to obtain both paintings.

The second picture was an evocative depiction of Mont Blanc at sunset, again signed by the artist.

The French painter frequently made oil sketches from alpine summits. By 1896 he had spent over 50 seasons climbing and painting in Chamonix. He was the valley’s unrivalled “go to” artist and his work was in constant demand from the English climbers and summer tourists to the area.

The Taunton sale was online only due to current restrictions, but bidders were also able to leave commission bids and to book telephone lines to bid alongside the online salegoers.

The next antiques sale takes place at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on Thursday, April 15, at 10am. For more information and to consign items for the sale please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.