Obituaries

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


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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).

Obituary: Lord John Kerr (1927-2018)

21 May 2018

Lord John Kerr, one of the true doyens of the antiquarian book world, died peacefully at his home in Oxfordshire aged 90 on May 3.

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Obituary: Brian John Page (1938-2018

21 May 2018

Brian Page passed away on Monday, May 14, after a short illness.

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Obituary – Sir William McAlpine: the man who saved the Flying Scotsman

30 April 2018

The Hon Sir William McAlpine, avid collector and conservationist, died on March 4 after a three-month battle with sepsis. News of his death will have depressed a great many dealers, not just because he was an incredibly nice, fun, generous man, but because he was a voracious collector.

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Obituary: textile designer Elizabeth Joan Gibbons

23 April 2018

When, where, how – ie when was it made? Where was it made? How was it made? And how much is it worth? These are the four fundamental questions which every reputable antique dealer has to ask when he/she looks at an object.

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Obituary: antique lace and textiles specialist Betty Mendes

23 April 2018

Betty Mendes, who has died peacefully aged 90, was one of the leading lights in the field of antique lace and textiles.

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Obituary: David R Russell, the tool collector extraordinaire

23 April 2018

David R Russell, a colossus among collectors of antique woodworking tools, has died aged 82.

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Obituary: Watercolour dealer Commander John Morton Lee OBE RN

12 March 2018

Commander John Morton Lee OBE RN (retd.), who had a long career in the Royal Navy before turning his passion for watercolours into a dealer business, died peacefully on February 26 after a brief illness, aged 88.

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Obituary: Peter Foyle Hunwick

26 February 2018

Fighter pilot, antiques dealer, and lifelong bon vivant, Peter Foyle Hunwick (1934-2018) grew up in Foyle’s, a Sussex manor in Herstmonceaux, before attending RAF Cranwell.

Obituary: Santina Levey

19 February 2018

“There is nothing wrong in saying I don’t know. You can just give possibilities 1,2,3…”

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Obituary: Dorothy McEwan, the founder of The McEwan Gallery in Scotland

05 February 2018

Dorothy McEwan (1925-2017), who died in December, was the founder of The McEwan Gallery in Scotland. She was not your typical art dealer – if such a one exists.

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Obituary: Dorothy McEwan

08 January 2018

We regret to announce the death of dealer and picture specialist Dorothy McEwan.

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Obituary: ceramics specialist John Newton

02 January 2018

John Newton (January 22, 1947-December 14, 2017), the well-known ceramics specialist who exhibited at fairs across the country for many years, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Fondly remembered from 2017

18 December 2017

Here we look back at some of the notable people the trade lost in the past 12 months...

Obituary: David Armour

18 December 2017

David Armour died on November 10 at the age of 87. An art teacher by trade – at Edinburgh Art College he had met many great artists and painted a young aspiring actor called Sean Connery – it was on retirement that his passion for the antique world blossomed.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Bowman

27 November 2017

Elizabeth Bowman, née Palmer, who established Bowman Antiques Fairs in 1973, passed away peacefully on Monday November 13 in Leeds General Infirmary.

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Obituary: Peter Weiss

27 November 2017

Born in Vienna in 1932, Peter was forced to flee from Hitler’s invading Anschluss of Austria. He spent most of the war years in hiding in France, eventually escaping to Switzerland with the help of the French Resistance.

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