Appropriately with Christmas around the corner it was a set of 10 Victorian mahogany balloon back dining chairs which took top spot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s final antiques sale of the year.

A phone bidder and a salegoer in the room tussled for ownership of the chairs, which were all in excellent condition – ideal for anyone expecting extra guests around the Christmas table. Eventually the phone squeezed out the room bidder with a decisive call of £2,200.

There was plenty of seasonal bonhomie at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, as visitors were treated to mulled wine and mince pies throughout the day-long sale.

The auction featured an interesting Oriental ceramics and works of art section. A Chinese ginger jar was the pick of these entries. It sparked a serious internet battle as various bidders sought ownership of the jar which featured an underglaze blue painted decoration with a continuous scene of children and adults in a garden setting. It sold for £1,800 and is returning to Far East ownership.

An online bidder also claimed a pair of pretty, Chinese, porcelain tulip vases for £700, while a room bidder bought a pair of Japanese satsuma vases for £450.

Timepieces also performed well. An early mid 19th Century regulator style longcase clock by James Whitelaw, Edinburgh, went to a phone bidder for £750, while a a Rolex Oyster mid size tonneau shaped wristwatch, circa 1928 sold for £700 to a net bid.

Furniture of all types enjoyed some buoyant prices. A quality Victorian Tunbridge ware occasional table went for £750.

A 19th Century French gilt metal mounted kingwood veneered hanging collectors cabinet made £650 and a small writing table £500. A charming mahogany table top collectors cabinet was bought by a room bidder for £350.

One of the more unusual lots was a Treen Victorian butter or cheese press. It had generated a good deal of pre-sale interest. It was claimed by a one of two phone lines for £700.

The first sale of 2020 takes place on Thursday, January 9. This will include a section devoted to 20th Century Design put together by valuer Simon Rayner.

For more information or to consign items for forthcoming sales please ring the salerooms on 01823 332525.