A flurry of interest from online, room and phone bidders heralded the first lot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

There was tremendous interest in the graduated row of coral beads. The bidding sky rocketed as bidders online, in the room and a phone line struggled for possession. A telephone bidder bought the beads for £2,285.

This sum was soon dwarfed in a considered jewellery section when a sapphire and diamond cluster ring smashed its’ reserve and sold to an online bidder. The buyer paid £3,535.

A room bidder bought a part muff chain, circa 1840 for £1,400. Other prices of interest in this section included a gentleman’s nine- carat Rolex Precision wristwatch. All the running for this was online and the hammer came down at £950. The same sum was achieved for a sapphire and diamond “Ballerina” cluster ring, which went to a room bidder. A three row uniform cultured pearl necklace also sold for £950.

The day long sale featured a significant section of 20th Century design and this did not disappoint. A Hans Wegner “heart” dining table and set of six chairs in teak and beech, which had been bought by the vendor’s parents in the 1950s’ proved a massive draw. Bidding opened at £1,000 and climbed rapidly. Room and phone bidders were edged out by the internet. The buyer paid £2,795.

Three pottery pieces by Waistel Cooper, made for and given to the vendor’s father proved particularly popular and went to three different bidders for a combined sum of £2,530.

A modern Danish sideboard by Carlo Jensen for Poul Hundevad made £600 while two “Helix” sideboards were sold to internet bidders for £350 each.

In the ceramic section family groups of cattle by Beswick together were bought for just shy of £1,050..

Once again there were some fine prices achieved in the furniture section. An attractive 18th Century walnut chest on stand sold for £850 to an internet bidder.

A rather plain, Victorian circular, copper boiler/log bin went for £300. The same sum secured an Indian ivory inlaid folding backgammon/chess set to a commission bidder.

In the collectors section a Second World War Royal Air Force leather flying jacket sold to an online bidder for £190, while an all world collection of 19th Century and later stamps made £200.

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, August 3. It will feature a section of West Country art. To consign items to the sale please ring the saleroom on 01823 332525.