A 19th jardinière is the latest antique to be sold from the collection of a Derby man who died in 1989.
Ronald Summerfield spent a lifetime collecting treasures from all over the world. The collection has been sold mainly at auction, making £7 million. The funds will be added to the charitable Summerfield Trust, which helps fund projects in the community.
The antique Chinese jardinière was discovered in a warehouse which had been left by Summerfield in the 1950s, before moving to Cheltenham. The vast collection of antiques at the warehouse in Gerard Street was forgotten until recently, when experts visited to sort out the pieces there. When the jardinière was sold at auction it raised far more than originally expected at £8,000.
Summerfield opened a shop selling antiques in 1935, called Ronnies. When he relocated to Cheltenham, he opened another antiques shop, which he continued to run until his death. The collector filled his home and shops with a variety of antiques, from paintings to furniture. It took around four months for 10 men to sort out his collection. The total number of items in the collection reached two million, which were sold at three separate sales, in London and Gloucestershire. Summerfield was known as an eccentric, sometimes refusing to sell his antiques.
For many collectors, browsing round reputable antiques dealers is part of the fun of collecting, spotting items which can be used in the home, like an antique dining table which can be appreciated by others.
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