Summers Place Collection LTD

About The Summers Place Collection

The Summers Place Collection was conceived by James Rylands and Rupert van der Werff who as Directors of Summers Place Auctions are the world's leading auctioneers of Garden Statuary.

The auctions have always included recently made items of the highest quality and it was the success of these pieces together with clients requests for multiples of the same model that lead to the idea of launching the collection.

The team at Summers Place sell more antique and contemporary garden statuary and ornament than anywhere else in the world, giving us the best insight into what clients actually want. This experience, allied to long working relationships with different manufacturers has enabled the range to be tailored for today’s market, and with the benefit of many years knowledge of historical detail. A comprehensive but select group of designs have been worked through and produced by the team at Summers Place and leading manufacturers, to ensure practicality, style and craftsmanship of the highest order. The stone supplies have been sourced from around the world to provide wonderfully decorative stones that are suited to the toughest of climates with the minimum of maintenance. All natural materials are subject to weathering and variations but will withstand the rigours of the British climate for generations to come. We are happy to advise on the care of any of the items within the collection and will happily provide quotations for delivery worldwide and installation within the UK.

All the pieces in the collection may be viewed by appointment in the Victorian sunken garden, which forms part of six acres of landscaped gardens, formerly the grounds of the Summers Place Mansion, where the biannual auctions of garden statuary are held in May and October.

The team at Summers Place comprises;

James Rylands joined Sotheby's in 1979, after gaining a degree in History of Art. He initiated the sales of Garden Statuary in 1986 and as a director of the company also qualified as a chartered surveyor. James co-wrote a book on Garden Ornament for Thames and Hudson and contributes articles to antiques magazines. As well as lecturing on many aspects of the antiques business, he also appears regularly on B.B.C. antiques programmes including "The Antiques Roadshow". He also serves as Chairman of the Sculpture/Garden statuary Vetting committees of all the major British Antiques Fairs, including Masterpiece, Olympia and LAPADA.

Rupert van der Werff graduated with a degree in Archaeology of Western Asia from University College London in 1994. He joined Sotheby's Bond Street in 1997 was appointed Head of the Garden Statuary Department in 2001 as well as qualifying as a Chartered surveyor in the same year. He also co-wrote Garden Antiques published by Millers in 2003 and contributed to the Virgin Guide to Antiques of the future as well as writing numerous articles for Antiques magazines.

Kate Diment Departmental assistant, joined Sotheby's in 1995 working in many areas before finding her metier with us in 2001.

Letty Stiles Company secretary and Departmental assistant joined Sotheby's in 1984, ending up as head of the Accounts department before Sotheby's relocation to Olympia.

Lindsay Hoadley Departmental assistant, joined Sotheby's in 2000, working as PA to the chairman.

Jason Stiles Landscape gardener, collections and deliveries has recently joined us from a career in plant retail and design. As a member of the Brinsbury College team he won an award at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Les Baker Gardener, joined Sotheby's in 1979 and retired as head porter in 2000 before being enticed back as our gardener.