We’ve had a lot of fun putting together this early Spring sale and been very fortunate in securing some interesting private collections.
The sale is particularly strong in 20th century garden sculpture, showcasing both established and upcoming sculptors. As with so many areas of collecting, tastes have expanded from the purely antique to 20th century design and sculpture which is now becoming a hot ticket, with opportunities to acquire pieces by recognised living sculptors for substantially less than gallery prices. Included are works by David Williams-Ellis, Mark Coreth, Dylan Lewis, Paul Vanstone, Ian Rank Broadley, Guy Portelli, and Michael Speller, to name but a few.
As sculpture specialists, used to dealing with solid assets, we view the recent fluctuating fortunes of crypto-currencies like Bitcoin with both bafflement and amusement. Do you invest in the ethereal or the physical….? We may be biased, BUT, for anyone wanting to make a BIG statement, it doesn’t get better than the pair of 13 foot long bronze “Trafalgar Square” lions, recently liberated from Camden Lock Market together with eight other monumental bronze horse sculptures.
Whilst on the subject of monumental, and in light of the recent film, “The Darkest Hour”, we are also offering no 3/6 of the limited edition over life size bronze busts of Sir Winston Churchill, taken from the original in Parliament Square, London, under licence from the Trustees of the sculptor, Ivor Roberts-Jones.
We’ve always been particularly keen on the “Toys for Boys” element of our sales and so to even up the global balance of power, from Churchill’s Britain to across the Iron Curtain, we are including some Cold War military hardware, headed up by a rare Soviet SA-4 Ganef missile, dating to the 1960’s and nearly 9 metres in length….no home complete without one!
You may wonder how we manage to display this wonderful diversity of objects. As well as having 6 acres of Victorian landscaped gardens, we also have a custom built 5000 sq ft gallery…(see our map). There is nowhere else on the planet where you can view rockets next to a family of Ice Age Mammoth skeletons, which are also in the sale.
We’ve always believed that Mother Nature herself is the best artist of all and the glittering minerals and fossils, often hundreds of millions of years old are increasingly popular in modern interiors. However, although stuffed animals isn’t everyone’s bag, for a real flight of fancy, you have the opportunity to own a very rare and now extinct passenger pigeon, once America’s most populous bird.
Come and pay us a visit in the glorious Sussex countryside… don’t be put off by the official viewing times; if you want to come any weekday before the sale, just let us know and there will be a cup of tea or coffee waiting….
If you can’t make it, then browse the lots on our brand new interactive tablet/phone friendly website. We are happy to provide condition reports on any lot on request.
James and Rupert