Something to talk about!

22/03/2017     Latest News

Summers Place Auctions has something to talk about.


Summers Place Auctions will be celebrating 10 years as specialist auction house in Billingshurst, Sussex this year and will kick start the year with a new themed auction: Conversation Pieces! The live auction will take place on Tuesday, 28th March 2017 with the sealed bid sale closing the following day.

Recent Natural History auctions have proved that conversation pieces are really what the bidders are interested in, so the March sale has now been created with a view to include lots that will make a nice focal point in anyone's home, but in adddition will
definitely give everyone something to talk about. The sale includes Natural History and Garden Statuary, but also decorative items, posters, furniture and other collectors' items with plenty of boys' toys to choose from.

There will be an anodised aluminium metal and upholstered ejector seat from a French jet (dated 1978) with an estimate of £3,000-5,000 next to one of those lovely 1950s table football games and a pair of German Naval 10-80 binoculars from World War II, looking good in polished steel and brass with stamps and associated wooden tripod. To finish off the den, you may want to add an impressive piece of taxidermy, like the seated white lioness which is a particularly fine example.

Other taxidermy worth a conversation is the full mount Himalayan Thar and a case of fox cubs from circa 1910 and a Chub by W Homer in bow fronted case with trade label and dated 1933, both estimated at £300-500 each.

If you struggle to get the dinner table conversation going, this suite of antler furniture might just be the ticket. The table and four chairs are exemplary of this style of furniture.

Talking points among the garden statuary are an impressive set of four 19th century carved limestone urns on pedestals, created after a design by William Kent for Lord Burlington's Chiswick House, which are estimated to fetch £20,000 – 40,000 (see separate release).

Britannia is definitely back in fashion and this sale includes a rare Coade stone figure of her. Stamped Coade, Lambeth and dated 1788, it is 122cm high and expected to fetch £1,500-2,500. Britannia, the female personification of our island from the Greek and
Roman times, gained popularity during the reign of Charles II when she made her first appearance on English coins in 1672. In the 1780s when this statue was made, the Royal Navy was the most powerful in the world and Britannia is depicted seated astride a globe of the world as befitting the nation's prominence as the leading world power. So it's rather timely as our conversations seem to focus on world power again these days.

Estimates for this auction will range from a few hundred to several thousand pounds.