William Summerfield's Top 5 Royal Society Sculptures

27/09/2021     Modern & Contemporary British Art, News Stories & Press Release

Within the upcoming Modern & Contemporary British & Irish Art auction at Roseberys on Wednesday 13 October there is a collection of works (lots 328 To 457) that have been kindly donated by the Royal Society of Sculptors. All proceeds from the sales will support the Saving Dora House campaign to repair and restore Dora House – the Society’s HQ in South Kensington.

Ahead of the auction we asked the head of the sale, William Summerfield, to pick his top 5 lots from the collection on offer.

Read on to find out more about his favourite lots.


Royal Society of sculptors

Lot 330
Donated to the Royal Society of Sculptors: Cecil Thomas OBE FRBS, British 1885-1976 - Queen Elizabeth II, 1958; plaster, signed and dated, H59.5 x W52.5 x D32.5 cm (ARR) Note: the artist also designed the Queen's coronation medal and was commissioned to design new coins to celebrate her coronation in 1953.
Estimated to make: £400- £600


Iain R. Mackintosh RSA

Lot 339
Donated to the Royal Society of Sculptors: Iain R. Mackintosh RSA, Scottish b.1945 - Greek Priest; oak, artist label affixed to the underside of the base, H37.5 x W14 x D14.2 cm (ARR)

Estimated to make:  £300- £500


Glynn Williams

Lot 349
Donated to the Royal Society of Sculptors: Glynn Williams FRSS, British b.1939 - Gateway of Hands; bronze, H26 x W55 x D25 cm including base (ARR) Note: this is a maquette for a work of the same name commissioned in 1993, and sited opposite Chelsea Harbour Design Centre on Harbour Avenue.
Estimate to make:  £3,000- £4,000



Lot 357
Donated to the Royal Society of Sculptors: Reginald A. Lewis FRBS, British 1899-1990 - Audrey, Head of a Young Girl, 1928; painted natural stone on marble base, inscribed on the stone with signature and date, H48.5 x W18 x D13.5 cm (ARR)

Elle Arscott, the Membership Manager commented on this lot: ‘There are letters in the archive after Lewis died from his lawyers asking the Society to come and choose some pieces from his collection to have (as outlined in his will). It looks like John Tonks, Vice President at the time, went and chose which ones to take, including this bust of a young girl. It is referred to as ‘Audrey’ in all our paperwork, so I presume that was Lewis’ title.
Estimated to make: £300 - £500


Lot 402
Donated to the Royal Society of Sculptors: Ivor Abrahams FRBS RA, British 1935-2015 - Trente-Six, 1989; bronze, numbered 'IX 9 5/10', H11.5 x W10.7 x D5.5 cm (ARR)

Elle Arscott, the Membership Manager commented on this lot: ‘First shown Bernard Jacobsen Gallery in 1991. Set of 36, edition of 9. There are some very similar (if not identical) figures on his website.'
Estimate to make:  £300- £500

Find out more about the all sculptures on offer and the sale here. 


Modern & Contemporary British & Irish Art

Wednesday 13 October, 10am


Viewing by appointment only contact williamsummerfield@roseberys.co.uk to book a time slot 

We will be facilitating time slot appointments of one hour each.
When making your booking please provide a contact telephone number and the number in your party up to a maximum of 2 people.


Viewing Times

Friday 8 October 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Sunday 10 October 10.00am – 2.00pm
Monday 11 October 9.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 12 October 9.30am – 5.00pm


Please contact williamsummerfield@roseberys.co.uk for condition reports and further information.



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