A good number of buyers made their way to the Biannual Westcountry Sporting Sale at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Many attended the Taunton saleroom in person, while others took advantage of phone and commission bid options.

Others plumped to follow proceedings online and were able to bid from wherever they chose, regardless of location.

The variety of options ensured a number of notable prices at the sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, which had been preceded by two successful view days, where prospective buyers could visit by appointment.

The highlight of the sale was a consignment of 17 Snaffles prints. Charlie Johnson Payne, (1884-1967) also known as Snaffles, was a British artist best known for his humorous depictions of traditional English pastimes.

Together the prints sold for a collective figure of £3,500. Pick of the Snaffles’ was undoubtedly a colour print, with vignette, signed in pencil on the mount, entitled, “The finest view in Europe''.

This attracted keen bidding and the hammer came down at £1,200. Two other Snaffles prints made £350 and £280.

Of local interest were two oil paintings by Exmoor aficionado Donald Ayres. Winsford Hill, signed by the artist, went for £550, while a beautiful depiction of Doone Country – inscribed by the artist “looking across Malmsmead to the high moor beyond. It is late August and the heather is still in full bloom,” achieved £320.

A charming study of a terrier, pastel on paper, was another highlight. It went for £380.

A collection of Rowland Ward “Safari” glassware, comprising six brandy balloons, eight beakers and a pair of shot glasses made £400.

Other items of note included an artist’s lay figure of a horse for £280, a leather cased combination plated spirits flask and sandwich tin for £240 and a fine leather hat box together with a small leather case at £170. A number pairs of leather hunting boots sold well to a top price of £140.

The next similar sale is set for early April 2022. Contact Stuart Triggol, sporting sale consultant, for further details on 07860928797.