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Prized collection of The Sculpture Park's Eddie Powell for sale with Summers Place Auctions

PUBLISHED: 10:42 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:20 19 June 2015

Monumental bust of Sir Winston Churchill by Ivor Roberts-Jones

Monumental bust of Sir Winston Churchill by Ivor Roberts-Jones

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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.

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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 23 June 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 original 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.

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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 £8,000-12,000, as well as Eddie’s battleship grey & ivory Rolls Royce (est. £6,000-8,000).

Only rarely coming up at auction, there will 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 trolly 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’artare “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 Auctions.”

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 and 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.

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