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  • James Rylands
  • Rupert van der Werff
  • Alistair Morris
  • David Webb
  • Dendy Easton
  • Charlie Martin
  • Jenny Denman
  • Letty Stiles
  • Kate Diment
  • Lindsay Hoadley
James Rylands

James Rylands

MRICS

Director

James Rylands - joined Sotheby's in 1979. As a Director of Sotheby's London and Sussex, he worked in both locations running the Colonnade sales and London Regional Office in Sotheby's Bond Street and the sales of Garden Statuary in Sussex.

He is Chairman of the Sculpture vetting committees of all the major London Fairs, including Masterpiece, Olympia and Lapada, and he also qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.

As well as lecturing and writing on many aspects of the antiques business, he also appears regularly on BBC antiques programmes including Antiques Roadshow.

Rupert van der Werff

Rupert van der Werff

MRICS

Director

Rupert van der Werff - graduated with a degree in Archaeology of Western Asia from University College London. He joined Sotheby's Bond Street in 1997 in the Eastern rugs and carpets department before moving to Sussex and subsequently being appointed Head of the Garden Statuary Department in Sussex in 2001, as well as qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in the same year.

He co-wrote Miller's Garden Antiques in 2003 and contributed to the Virgin Guide to Antiques for the Future as well as writing numerous articles for antiques magazines.

Alistair Morris

Alistair Morris

FRICS

Consultant

Alistair Morris has over 40 years' experience in the art world during which time he has worked in a number of specialist, expert and administrative roles. From 1993 - 2002 he was Managing Director of the largest UK regional saleroom and ultimately a Senior Director of Sotheby's.

He has contributed to a number of specialist reference books and is the author of Antiques from the Garden which was an international success.

Alistair has been professionally qualified for over 35 years. A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and for 10 years a board member of the Arts and Antiques Professional Group he has been a major contributor to professional publications, notably Valuing Heritage Assets (sponsored by HM Treasury).

David Webb

David Webb

FRICS

Consultant

David Webb is an independent art appraiser and advisor with over 35 years' experience, 20 of which were with Sotheby's, where he became Deputy Director in the European valuation department.

He is involved in all aspects of valuation and works closely with professional advisors. Nearly 10 years ago he set up his own appraisal company and now manages international and UK collections from the private, corporate and public sectors.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Dendy Easton

Dendy Easton

Consultant

Dendy Easton has worked for both Sotheby's and Bonhams in a career spanning nearly 40 years. As a Director he was head of the picture departments in Sotheby's Sussex and Olympia for 30 years and now acts as a Consultant to a number of organizations, including Bonhams. Over this time Dendy has made many discoveries including paintings by John Constable, Richard Parkes Bonington and Egon Scheile.

He has considerable experience in many artistic periods and is a recognized authority on Victorian and 20th Century British Art with a particular interest in the Newlyn School on which he lectures.

He is also well known to television viewers for his regular appearances on BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

Charlie Martin

Charlie Martin

Consultant

Charlie Martin has 30 years' experience in the auction business.

After studying History of Art at Trinity College Dublin and a studentship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, he joined Bonhams as a silver specialist. He returned to Dublin as a regional representative before joining Sotheby's valuation department in London and Sussex also continuing to specialise as head of the silver department at Summers Place.

In recent years he has acted as a consultant to a number of auction houses and independent valuers in the South East. Charlie is well known in the south of England for his involvement with a number of organizations and local charities.

Kate Diment

Kate Diment

Kate Diment - Departmental Assistant, began her career at Sotheby's in 1995 after gaining a degree in Fine Arts Valuation from the Southampton Institute.

She worked in the silver, jewellery, watches and clock departments in Sotheby's Sussex as well qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor and studying for the FGA examinations.

Letty Stiles

Letty Stiles

Letty Stiles - Departmental Assistant, joined Sotheby's in 1984, and for 10 years was head of the accounts department in Sussex.

Her many talents also include being a successful junior football manager and qualified fork-lift truck driver.

Jenny Denman

Jenny Denman

Consultant

Jenny Denman - Client Services, began her career in corporate entertainment, organizing conferences and major social events, before joining the Royal Household for 13 years.

She is also a qualified Cordon Bleu cook, professionally trained florist and for the last 16 years has worked as events organizer for Sotheby’s in the South East.

Lindsay Hoadley

Lindsay Hoadley

Lindsay Hoadley - Departmental Assistant, ran a livery yard and trained horses before joining Sotheby's in Sussex in 2000.

After setting up the Southern Regional office she was a personal assistant to the regional director as well as Estates and Valuations co-ordinator.

Specialist Areas;
Arms & Armour • Clocks & Barometers •
Coins & Medals • Carpets & Rugs •
European Ceramics & Glass • Watches •
French & Continental Furniture •
English Furniture • 20th Century Design •
Garden Statuary & Design • Militaria •
Japanese Ceramics & Works of Art •
20th Century British Paintings •
Scottish Paintings & Drawings •
Automobilia • Sporting Guns • Silver •
Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art •
European Sculpture & Works of Art •
Victorian & Edwardian Paintings

Summers Place Auctions are the world's leading auctioneers of sculpture and design for the house and garden. Auctions are held in a new, purpose-built 5,000 sq ft gallery, set in five acres of landscaped gardens. Typically, sales are made up of sculpture, both contemporary and antique, urns, fountains and sundials, which are displayed next to larger structures.
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Summers Place Collection is proud to offer an exclusive range of garden ornaments, available for purchase throughout the year. Traditional and contemporary pieces hand carved in stone, together with cutting-edge designs in stainless steel, give buyers the opportunity to purchase at a fixed price and in the quantity desired.
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