Eddie's Eye2: A Collector's Vision

27/05/2015     Collectibles

Eddie's Eye2: A Collector's Vision
Summers Place Auctions are delighted to be offering the personal collection of
Eddie Powell, the well known owner and curator of The Sculpture Park, in Churt,
Surrey. Over the last 40 years Eddie has not only collected sculpture, but also
paintings, photographs, furniture and objet d'art. The over 200 lots included in the
sale on Tuesday, 23rd June 2015 will be reflecting this.

The sale will include an important group of over 20 pictures and prints by the iconic
artist Robert Lenkiewicz, with estimates from £80-100 for a print up to £20,000-
30,000 for the top lot painting. Some of Eddie’s own photographs dating back to
his one-man exhibition “ Captivity” at the Photographers Gallery in London’s West
End will also be included and they will carry estimates of £400-600 (unframed) and
£600-1,000 (framed).

Eddie will also be offering some of his own sculpture in the sale. He works under the
pseudonym of Wilfred Pritchard, the name of his grandfather who first inspired
Eddie into appreciating sculpture as a child. His “Backflip” bronze of a skeleton
vaulting over a horse (est. £15,000-20,000) was chosen to be one of a select group
of sculptures exhibited in the Athletes Village during the 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games. Eddie has sold his pieces under his pseudonym for as much as
£40,000 over the last 5 years, some of which are now in public collections, both in
this country and abroad.
Other sculptures included are by fellow 'Olympic' sculptor Nicola Godden, a slightly
smaller Icarus 2 sculpture is expected to fetch £25,000-30,000; and an enormous
sculpture of an eagle made from corks, which was created for and funded by the
R.S.P.B. (est. £15,000-20,000). It was an attempt to persuade wine producers to
continue using cork stoppers as without the commercial use the cork forrests of
Spain and Portugal and therefore the natural inhabitat of the Spanish Imperial eagle
is likely to disappear. It was first exhibited at the Eden Project in Cornwall and part
of the sale of the eagle will go to the charity.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the sale will be the chance to bid for a
monumental bronze bust of Sir Winston Churchill taken from the plaster of
the iconic full length figure of Churchill by Ivor Roberts-Jones RA which stands in
Parliament Square, Westminster. The casting process was supervised by the sculptor
Nigel Boonham FRBS, Past President of the Society of Portrait Sculptors, on behalf of
the Trustees of the Ivor Roberts-Jones Estate and is number 1 of an edition of only
6 which will ever be made - it is estimated at £50,000-80,000.

Roberts-Jones portrayed Churchill “as the wartime leader at the time of the
Normandy Landings and the return of the Allies to Europe. Consequently the figure
exudes total confidence: facing the Houses of Parliament, their greatest servant in
modern times is portrayed as a giant at the height of his powers”. After the statue
was unveiled in 1973 it ‘provided a much needed breakthrough in post-War
portraiture’, subsequently the statue has rightly achieved iconic status.
There will also be some lots included for anyone interested in four wheels – 'The
Beast', one of the Ministry of Alternative Transport creations will be for sale at an
estimate of £12,000-18,000, as well as Eddie's battleship grey & ivory Rolls Royce
(est. £6,000-8,000).

Only rarely coming up at auction, there wil also be a few Bonsai Trees included in
this sale, among them a Pinus Parviflora Japanese White Pine, which is 57cm high
and 114cm wide (estimate £4,000 - £6,000).

The furniture included in the sale is as diverse as a salvaged mining trolley turned
into a sofa - from Eddie's birth country Wales - which is expected to sell for £800-
1,200 to contemporary furniture like these Ugini cattle horn and hide chairs (£2,000-
3,000). Among the objet d'art are “The Simpsons”, a big glass light, (£800-1,200)
and the stainless steel Double Eye, which stands 250cm high (est. £5,000 - £8,000).
James Rylands, Director of Summers Place Auctions, commented, “Following the
success of the first Eddie’s Eye sale which we held in 2013 and which included 350
lots of contemporary and modern sculpture, Eddie has now decided to downsize
from his present house and offer a number of pieces from his own collection as well
as some selected pieces of sculpture from the Sculpture Park.
I’ve known Eddie for the last 10 years and have always been an admirer of his taste
across many disciplines in the arts field as well as his unerring ability to identify and
nurture upcoming sculptors and artists. It’s been a pleasure selecting works varying
in value from a few hundred pounds up to £80,000, so there really is something
here for everyone, as well as being a great day out in such beautiful surroundings,
both at the Sculpture Park and here at our award winning gallery at Summers Place

Eddie has spent the last 15 years transforming the 10 acre site, adjoining Frensham
Common Country Park into one of the leading Sculpture Parks in the UK
attracting tens of thousands of visitors a year. Taking advantage of the natural
contours of the undulating Surrey Hills, he has created the perfect haven for the
display of sculpture, with paths meandering through mixed heathland and woodland
in a natural valley enhanced by 3 lakes fed by two natural streams. All of the
outdoor sculpture in the sale will be on view in the Sculpture Park.
Eddie Powell added: “Creating the Sculpture Park and building up my collections
in other related areas has been the passion of my life, but moving to a smaller
house has necessitated the sale of many of the pictures and objects which I’ve
enjoyed collecting over the years. Likewise the Sculpture Park is constantly evolving
and with over 700 pieces on display, we need the space to showcase more
upcoming talent.”

The outdoor items can be viewed at
The Sculpture Park
Jumps Road, Churt, Surrey, GU10 2LH
the indoor pieces at Summers Place Auctions
The Walled Garden, Summers Place, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9AB
The catalogue will be available a few weeks before the sale and will be
fully illustrated on the Summers Place Auctions website.

Viewing Times: Sunday 21st June and Monday 22nd June
or by appointment.

For further information on the auction, please visit
www.summersplaceauctions.com or call 01403 331331. For press
information or images please contact Silke Lohmann
(silke@exclamationpr.co.uk/ 07932 618754).

Summers Place Auctions are the world's leading auctioneers of Garden Statuary and
Natural History.

The sales are held in the award winning 5000sq ft gallery nestling within 6 acres of walled
gardens and the arboretum of the Victorian mansion, Summers Place.
Eddie Powell was born in the mining village of Cwm, near Ebbw Vale, South Wales in 1950.
After an abortive year studying Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University he studied at
Guildford School of Art and West Surrey College of Art & Design in 1976 - 1977 where he
graduated with a first class Honours degree in Photography and Sculpture. His work
received 100% marks from external assessors which was (and probably still is ) unheard of!
He exhibited at various galleries throughout the 1970's and 1980's including a one-man
exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London.
As well as a successful practising sculptor, Eddie has enjoyed a varied entrepreneurial career
in businesses as diverse as Interior Design and Retail; Hotels, Bars and Restaurants;
He established the thriving Interior Design business "Miscellanea” in 1980 and also in Churt,
Surrey bought 10 acres of land , which he transformed into the Sculpture Park, opening in