An exceptionally fine silver and gilt cloisonné vase deservedly took top billing at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February antiques sale.

Auctioneer Simon Rayner, who oversaw the Oriental ceramics and works of art section, introduced the lot, saying: “This is a super piece. One of the nicest things I have seen in many years.”

The beautiful late 19th Century/early 20th Century cloisonné incense burner in the manner of Hayashoi Kodenji had attracted enormous pre-sale interest and this translated into a flurry of determined activity when bidding got underway at a confident £1,800.

A magnificent, seven phone lines, plus internet interest pushed the  price ever higher. Eventually a phone bidder paid £13,575 for the intricately decorated quality lot – the top price of the day. The vase  had been consigned from a deceased estate.

Auctioneer Derek Biss, the first of four auctioneers, to take to the  rostrum at the February sale, said: “A big thank you to our vendors. There is a tremendous variety of items to buy.”

His words rang true as a fine array of lots to suit every taste and  price bracket went through The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, during the day-long sale.
A significant section of West Country art was featured in the auction. There was wild demand for works by Somerset artist Harry Frier. Together these were sold for more than £3,450. Scenes depicted included a watercolour dated 1899 of Norton Fitzwarren and St Margaret’s Almshouses, still recognisable to the modern viewer from the watercolour painted by Frier in 1917.

Timepieces of various types drew interest from the room, online and on the phone. A quality 18 carat gold half hunter pocket watch was  secured for £1,100 by a room bidder. A phone line was successful with a second similar model circa 1900, which was sold for £1,050. The ever-reliable Rolex brand proved reassuringly saleable. A net bidder  paid for £700 for the Oyster perpetual gentleman’s stainless steel  watch.
Entries are now being accepted for a double set of sales in March.  

The regular antiques event takes place on Thursday, March 2, while the first of the quarterly collectors’ sales follows on Friday, March 3.

For more information or to consign items please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.