Summers Place Auctions

Summers Place Auctions first sale was held over 20 years ago as part of Sotheby's Country House saleroom at Summers Place in Sussex. Since then the sales have flourished, establishing a global reputation and becoming the world's leading auctioneers of Garden Statuary and Natural History. 

A wealth and diversity of material offered over the years has included everything from a whole Italianate garden of fountains, terraces, a lakeside jetty and statuary weighing more than 500 tons shipped over from Massachusetts, USA to a 15 foot high bronze bust of Lenin, liberated from a town square in Latvia following the fall of the iron curtain. Not to mention the much publicised fossil skeleton of one of the most iconic of all dinosaurs, the 55ft long Diplodocus, which fetched just under half a million pounds!


Their specialist sales include the finest examples of statuary and ornament together with natural history, fossils and dinosaur material, with estimates ranging from £500 to £500,000. Specialist timed internet sales now form a significant part of the business with themed sales such as Seating, Animals in Art and Contemporary Sculpture.

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Everybody walk the dinosaur: Harpocrasaurus ''Freya'' could sell at auction for $115 000
The museum collection of Holland's Emmen Zoo, which includes a dinosaur, sabre-toothed cat and a shark fossil, will be coming to auction on June 7 at Britain's Summers Place Auctions.
Woolly Mammoth Sold by UK Auction House
An almost complete assembeled skeleton from a woolly mammoth sold at an auction in England this week to a private collector in England.

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A terracotta oil storage jar Southern
A terracotta oil storage jar Southern Mediterranean, 19th century with lug handles 117cm.; 46ins high Summers Place Auctions
A pair of wrought iron demi lune seats modern
A pair of wrought iron demi lune seats modern 175cm.; 69ins diameter Summers Place Auctions
A rare Compton stoneware sundial early 20th
A rare Compton stoneware sundial early 20th century with bronze gnomon 122cm.; 48ins high The Compton Potters Art Guild was started by Mary Watts, the wife of G.F. Watts the Victorian allegorical painter. In 1895 work began on the Watts Mortuary Chapel. Designed by Mary Watts, it was to be built from local clay by the villagers of Compton, near Godalming, Surrey. Mr and Mrs Watts were dedicated supporters of the growing Home Arts and Industries Association, a voluntary movement launched by Earl Brownlow in 1885 to revive the dying art of handicraft among the working classes. The idea was that young uneducated artisans should have their eyes opened to the wonders of art. They would be rescued from idleness, gambling and drinking -so the notion ran- during long winter evenings. Uplifted and taught how to use their hands with skill they would acquire a hobby to be proud of and develop this hitherto unknown talent, where possible to professional standards. The Pottery Art Guild continued from strength to strength, winning medals at the Royal Botanical Society and the Home Arts' highest award, the gold cross. Liberty's sold their garden ornaments as well as hand tufted Donegal carpets designed by Mrs Watts. They received architectural commissions from Lutyens, Clough William-Ellis and Goodhart Rendel. Recommended by Jekyll, they made miniature versions of their pots for the garden of Queen Mary's dollshouse in the early 1920's. The Guild became a limited company run by George Aubertin and continued to produce works based on Mrs Watts' designs until after her death in 1938. Literature: The Watts Chapel, An Arts and Crafts Memorial by Veronica Franklin Gould, Arrow Press, Farnham, Surrey Summers Place Auctions
†A plaster grotesque mask mid 20th century
†A plaster grotesque mask mid 20th century 41cm.; 16cm high together with a plaster satyr mask 35cm.; 14ins high Summers Place Auctions
A glazed pottery storage Martavan jar Chinese
A glazed pottery storage Martavan jar Chinese, 17th/18th century 97cm.; 38ins high (damages) The name Martavan derives from the port of Maraban in Burma through which these jars were shipped to the Near East, Indian and Africa. A similar example may be seen at Sissinghurst garden in Kent. Summers Place Auctions
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Summers Place Auctions
The Walled Garden,
Stane Street, Billingshurst,
West Sussex RH14 9AB
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