The world's leading auctioneer of Garden Statuary and Natural History.
Our first sale was held nearly 30 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 restructuring, the department is staffed by a team who, between them, have nearly 200 years of Sotheby’s experience.
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featuring the Tim Wonnacott, Gerry Moore and an equally enticing collection of garden statuary and ornament acquired over in Ireland by an Irish businessman from the 1960's onwards.
Available to view by strict appointment only. Please contact the office for further details.
Click on the images below to be taken to a short video whereby auctioneer James Rylands and painting consultant to Summers Place Auctions, Dendy Easton, discuss the various collections
The Tim Wonnacott Collection (Lots 400-472)
The sale of the garden ornament from the home of Tim Wonnacott, a former colleague of ours at Sotheby’s but better known as the BBC TV personality well known for hosting Bargain Hunt as well as showing the country his athletic prowess in Strictly Come Dancing a few years ago. Included in the collection is one of the cows presented to Tim by Ester Rantzen, in his capacity as auctioneer and Chairman of Sotheby’s Olympia after he had successfully raised £600,000 for a herd of sixty cows decorated by well known artists. Tim is kindly donating the proceeds to Childline and we will be offering the piece with no vendors commission.
The Gerry Moore Collection of Paintings and Sculpture (lots 79-181)
In 1993 as part of Sotheby’s, we put on a house sale at Heathfield Park in Sussex for the renowned doctor and artist Gerry Moore which was filmed by the BBC as a documentary. Gerry was the undoubted star with many of us playing bit parts to his extraordinary enthusiasm and artistic drive which made for gripping prime time TV viewing. Gerry sadly passed away in 2018 at the ripe age of 91 and merited a half page obituary in The Times which observed
”Gerry Moore was an oral surgeon with the soul of an artist, a doctor with a Harley street practice whose paintings were good enough to be exhibited alongside David Hockney”.
The Irish Collection of Garden Statuary and Ornament (Lots 35-77)
Following on from selling the Cotswold collection in September we will be offering an equally enticing collection of garden statuary and ornament acquired over in Ireland by an Irish businessman from the 1960’s onwards. From his house in the middle of Ireland he was able to cover all the large country house sales at a time when so many were being sold and their contents dispersed.
Natural History, Taxidermy and Minerals
Natural History Curator Errol Fuller discusses one of over 200 lots of taxidermy, Natural history and minerals that feature in this sale.