Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt chased away the January gloom with a fantastic flourish at their monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A good crowd was in attendance and lead auctioneer Derek Biss remarked: “It’s like the old days. It’s wonderful to have people in the room.”

The salegoers were not disappointed with the range and scope of items on offer, in particular an impressive number of high calibre watches.

Pick of the pack was an 18ct gold cased Swiss watch by noted maker Universal Geneve fitted with a plain brown leather strap, which had attracted plenty of pre-sale interest. It sold to a British based internet bidder for £1,000.

A late Victorian 18ct gold open-faced pocket watch, hallmarked for Birmingham 1899, was just behind with a bid of £950.

Other notable prices in this section included a French diamond and gem set open face pocket watch, which sold for £800 and a vintage boxed Must De Cartier Tank wristwatch went for £650, a lovely 9ct gold Omega watch was bought by a room bidder for the same sum. A Dennison 9ct gold cased watch head sold for £550.

However it was an Oriental gem which proved the star lot. This Chinese jade twin handled libation cup, had come from a local house clearance and was bought by a phone bidder for £2,200.

In the carpet section a large cream ground pictorial carpet decorated with birds, urns and foliage sold to a phone bidder for £1,200.

This comprehensive sale also included a significant section of 20th Century design. The leading lot was a fantastic Georg Jensen item. By Johann Rohde for Georg Jensen this Danish sterling silver “Louvre” centrepiece bowl, with hand hammered bowl on openwork leaf and berry stem and circular spreading foot went to a commission bid for £1,300.

A Robert “Mouseman” Thompson carved oak stool sold for £520 and quirky rosewood coffee table on metal supports went for £200.
 
The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, February 2, from 10am. To consign items or for further details please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.