Summers Place Auctions in association with Sotheby’s are the world’s leading auctioneers of Garden Statuary and Fossil Decoration. The first sale was held over 25 years ago as part of Sotheby’s Country House saleroom at Summers Place in Sussex, since which time the sales have flourished, establishing a global reputation. Following restructurion the department now runs in association with Sotheby’s and is staffed by the same team who, between them, have over 100 years experience working for Sotheby’s.
The sales are now held bi-annually in May and October.
James Rylands, Chairman of Summers Place Auctions, joined Sotheby’s in 1979, after gaining a degree in History of Art. He initiated the sales of Garden Statuary in 1986 and as a director of the company also qualified as a chartered surveyor. James co-wrote a book on Garden Ornament for Thames and Hudson and contributes articles to antiques magazines. As well as lecturing on many aspects of the antiques business, he also appears regularly on B.B.C. antiques programmes including “The Antiques Roadshow”. He is also Chairman of the sculpture Vetting committees for all the major London antiques fairs including Masterpiece,Olympia and LAPADA.
Contact details:- Summers Place Auctions, The Walled Garden, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH 14 9AB
Tel 01403 331333
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