Antiques of all shapes, sizes and styles were in strong demand at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s April sale as brisk bidding saw a number of impressive price tags.

Notable among the furniture was a fine 18th Century oyster walnut and Dutch marquetry chest. This beautifully decorated piece of two short, over two long drawers sold for £3,880. It was among a number of select offerings from three deceased estates.

Another marquetry piece also secured a good deal of interest at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. This 18th Century walnut and marquetry commode sold for £1,420.

“Business is more buoyant than ever,” said Valuer Simon Rayner, who noted that demand for all types of items from jewellery to furniture was strong with considerable interest from online bidders.

Strong demand saw jewellery, watches and silverware produce punchy prices. A  gentleman’s Rolex 18ct day date bracelet watch sold for £9,050.  Not far behind this price was a five carat late Victorian/Edwardian five stone diamond ring which fetched £8,400.

A set of four Georgian silver candlesticks in very good condition sold for £2,000, while an extended part silver canteen of flatware, all with the Julian family crest of a salamander made £4,150.

Meanwhile an unremarkable 20th Century School painting of a kneeling male nude in pencil and watercolour with water damage and fly spots to the image did not deter discerning bidders as the hammer came down at 3,620.

A significant section of paintings by Exmoor-based artist Rachel Ann Le Bas together fetched nearly £16,000. Of local interest was an Exmoor winter landscape, which saw determined bidding, before the gavel fell at £750.

Le Bas lived in Winsford, West Somerset, for most of her life and was a great supporter of the local community.

For over 25 years she hosted an open studio with Somerset Art Week where people could see her at work. She died in January 2020 aged 96.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, May 6. This sale will also feature a significant section of books and maps. To consign items please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.