Antiques Roadshow star opens new gallery

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Antiques Roadshow star Dendy Easton opened the new gallery at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst.

The new, purpose built 5,000 square foot gallery was formally opened to the public on Saturday, October 20.

The state-of-the-art building will be known as the Morris Weller Gallery, named after Alistair Morris, FRICS and Leslie Weller DL, FRICS.

The Morris Weller gallery was officially opened by Wisborough Green resident, Dendy Easton of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Dendy said: “I worked for Sotheby’s for 30 years and this has been my life.

“This is the foremost auctionering place for garden statuary in the world - there’s nothing else like it.”

Now, with the new gallery, art lovers can view paintings, antiques and smaller sculptures under one roof.

“It’s great here because it caters for all tastes. We’ve got 17th century pieces right through to the 21st.”

Dendy imparts that his favourite sculpture up for auction is Elisabeth Frink’s majestic Desert Quartet IV.

Commissioned in 1986, the piece is expected to go between £150,000 and £250,000.

Dendy continued: “Frink is major and she is up there with the very best of the 21st century artists.”

Britain’s best-known equestrian sculptor, Nic Fiddian-Green, was auctioning off his hand beaten lead sculpture, Still Water, which was featured at this year’s Olympic Arena.

Nic said: “I’ve never done an auction before, so this will be a great test of my work’s potential market value.

“It’s rather wonderful actually.”

Directors James Ryland and Rupert van der Werff worked closely with Horsham District Council to complete the gallery.

Directors James Ryland and Rupert van der Werff with Antiques Roadshow’s Dendy East