Obituaries

Articles regarding the lives of late art and antiques dealers, auctioneers, collectors and people connected to the industry.


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Tribute: Remembering pioneering Isleworth scholar and collector Dr Trevor Darling

11 March 2019

As reported in this week’s Dealers’ Diary, Jupiter Antiques is holding the first spring exhibition in its 35-year history. It takes place within an outside organised event (Penman Fairs), The Chelsea Antiques Fair. Five collections feature, including hundreds of pieces put together by the late Dr Trevor Darling, who died last year. Ahead of the fair Jupiter Antiques has paid tribute to him.

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Obituary: Book dealer Tony Parkinson

25 February 2019

Tony Parkinson, who died suddenly just after Christmas, at the age of 75, was a much-respected and well-loved book dealer in Southport for over 40 years. He opened Parkinson’s Books in its current location on Lord Street in 1981, specialising in antiquarian books, of which he had an encyclopaedic knowledge.

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Obituary: Paola Noé (1958-2019)

25 February 2019

Alfies Antiques Market has paid tribute to one of its dealers, Paola Noé, who died on January 19.

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Obituary: John Frederick Braund

25 February 2019

It is with regret we announce the death of John Frederick Braund of Turpin’s Antiques, who passed away peacefully on January 29, aged 90.

Obituary: Antique furniture dealer John Bedford

25 February 2019

John Bedford of William Bedford was one of the major dealers in antique furniture in London in the 1970s and for the next 35 years dominated his corner of the trade.

Funeral date: Jeff Day

25 February 2019

Lawrences of Crewkerne has just announced, with great sadness, the unexpected death of Jeff Day, the auction house’s militaria specialist.

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Obituary: Michael J Stainer (1935-2019)

18 February 2019

Auctioneer and valuer Michael J Stainer FSVA, based in Dorset, passed away peacefully on February 4, surrounded by his family.

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Obituaries: David Lavender and Judith Howard

11 February 2019

Obituaries for a portrait miniatures expert and a renowned Sevres expert.

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Obituary: Edward Burd (1938-2018)

14 January 2019

Edward Burd, who died in October, was a well-known dealer in English dial and wall clocks who was active on the provincial English antiques fair circuit.

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Obituary: Silver dealer Arnold Pash

07 January 2019

Arnold Pash (1928-2018), veteran silver dealer of A Pash & Son, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2018, at home surrounded by his family after battling cancer and ill health.

Tribute to ‘Uncle Stan’, a comics great

19 November 2018

Following the death of American comic book writer, editor, and publisher Stan Lee on November 12, Malcolm Phillips of Comic Book Auctions has written toATGwith a personal tribute:

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Obituary: dealer Mary Pearson

05 November 2018

Mary Pearson, who died peacefully on September 5, was a well-known and highly knowledgeable dealer, trading at various London markets as well as running her own antiques shop.

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Obituary: Brian Thompson (1952-2018)

29 October 2018

Brian Thompson boarded a boat in Sydney and set sail for the UK at the age of 17. He was unhappy that his country of birth was taking part in the Vietnam War.

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Anthony Woodburn (1944-2018) – an appreciation by Howard Walwyn

08 October 2018

Anthony Woodburn, who has just died after a long and very brave struggle against myelodysplasia, was the leading dealer in English period antique clocks for the last 40 years.

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Tributes paid to influential Islamic art dealer Oliver Hoare

17 September 2018

Tributes have been paid to Islamic art’s ‘most influential’ dealer Oliver Hoare who has died aged 73 after a battle with cancer.

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Obituaries: Edward Carrol and Alexander Sloane

10 September 2018

Two obituaries from the art and antiques trade.

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Obituary: Furniture dealer Peter Bontoft

03 September 2018

A prominent figure in the early furniture trade, Peter Bontoft of William H Stokes Antiques, died suddenly of a heart attack, on July 29. He was 73.

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Obituary: Craig McGivern (1971-2018)

20 August 2018

Craig was in the trade for nearly 30 years. He was an expert on jewellery and had a passion for natural history and all manner of curiosities. Dealers and auctioneers would often ask for advice when faced with a mystery object and he had an uncanny ability to come up with the answer.

Obituary: Paul Whitfield

02 July 2018

Tributes have been paid to the late Paul Whitfield by Christie’s and Bonhams.

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Obituary: Angela ‘Bunny’ Wynn (1935-2018)

25 June 2018

“She was the only fair organiser I’ve ever met from whom I didn’t mind getting a ticking off,” said one of the many tributes paid to Bunny on her death (Andrew Sim).

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