Obituaries

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


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Obituary: Anthony du Boulay (1929-2022) – a key figure in Asian art ‘colossal expansion’

04 April 2022

The much respected and hugely knowledgeable former Christie’s director auctioneer, Anthony du Boulay, sadly died recently at home in Poundbury, Dorset.

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Obituary: James ‘Jim’ Anthony Hill (1942-2022)

28 February 2022

After a long and successful career in industry as a time-served craftsman initially (skills which made him a talented restorer later on), rising to management in the coachbuilding sector, Jim and Shirley (his ever-present wife) became full-time dealers in 1997.

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Obituary: antiques dealer Peter Twining (1935-2022)

28 February 2022

The remarkably talented antiques dealer Peter Twining died on January 25, having reached the fine age of 86 after gracing the London trade with his distinctive eye for grand furniture of character and unique works of art over a period of 50 years.

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Obituary: John Gregory

24 January 2022

On December 13, 2021, the art village of St James’s lost one of its most colourful characters.

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Obituary: Keith Bycroft (1934-2021)

29 November 2021

I first met Keith in 1971, when he became a customer, buying oak and artefacts from my stand in Nell Gwynn’s Cottage at Salisbury Hall, near St Albans. He quickly became my best customer, calling weekly and buying most of my new stock.

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Obituary: Pottery dealer Roger de Ville

27 October 2021

It is with great sadness that I was informed of the sudden death of my good friend and colleague in the trade Roger de Ville… thankfully he was at home and he passed away quickly at the amazing age of 86 years old.

Obituary: Alan Hobart of Pyms Gallery

11 October 2021

The Irish trade – both gallerists and auctioneers – owe a debt of gratitude to Alan Hobart, who died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, September 17.

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Obituary: Dealer Philip Astley-Jones

20 September 2021

Well known in the antiques trade and art world, Philip Astley-Jones died after a short illness in mid-August.

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ATG letter: Memories of big hitters of the auction world – Brooks, Came and Butler

30 August 2021

Re: the death of Robert Brooks, (News, front page this week).

Robert Brooks, the former chairman of Bonhams

Bonhams' former owner and chairman Robert Brooks dies

24 August 2021

Former chairman of Bonhams Robert Brooks has died aged 64. ATG understands he passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

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Obituary: Sotheby's silver specialist Richard Patrick Tatham Came (1932-2021)

23 August 2021

Richard Came was born on New Years’ Eve 1932 in Kabale, the Uganda Protectorate, on the Belgian Congo border. His father was an engineer who worked for the Colonial Service.

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Obituary: Dealer Robin Butler (1943-2021)

23 August 2021

Robin Noel Holman Butler was born on 26 April, 1943, to Marjorie Blanche (née Dunn) and (George) Noel Butler in Bristol. He moved to Honiton, in Devon, at the age of five with his parents and older brother, Roderick.

Obituary: Dealer Jan Ellen Finch

16 August 2021

On the evening of July 29 the antiquarian community lost one of its great champions and luminaries, Jan Ellen Finch, after a characteristically courageous and defiant battle against cancer.

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Obituary: Anthony William Pratt (1955-2021) – a chairman who was proud of his profession and his beloved Canterbury auction house

28 June 2021

Tony Pratt, chairman of the Canterbury Auction Galleries passed away peacefully at home on June 11 after celebrating his 66th birthday with friends and family.

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Announcement: Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries

21 June 2021

The directors of The Canterbury Auction Galleries are shocked and deeply saddened to report the sudden death of Tony Pratt, the chairman of the company.

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Obituary: literature and history specialist Peter Selley

07 June 2021

Peter Selley, senior director and senior specialist in English literature and history at Sotheby’s in London, died on April 28.

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Obituary: porcelain dealer Robyn Lynette Robb (1945-2021)

31 May 2021

It comes with great sadness to announce the death of Robyn Robb, who died on May 12 after a short and sudden illness.

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Obituary: Victoria de Rin (1931-2020)

10 May 2021

At the end of last year the antiques business lost one of its expert dealers, Victoria de Rin, a leading light in the world of collectables, who specialised in Wemyss Ware. Sadly she passed away on December 12, 2020.

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Obituary: Andrew Morley (1947-2021)

10 May 2021

Andrew Morley was a lifelong collector, whose passion for enamel advertising signs made him a world authority.

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Obituary: Book dealer Andrew Cumming

03 May 2021

Andrew Cumming was among the first successful antiquarian book dealers to step into the shoes of the post-war greats such as Charles Traylen and Frank Hammond.

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