Obituaries

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


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Indian Sporting summer for Spode collectors

22 November 2003

David Drakard is well known for his contribution to our knowledge of British ceramics both as a longstanding member of the English Ceramic Circle and as the author of two books on blue printed wares.

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There’s only three Stanley Matthews

11 November 2003

In 2001, the year after the death of a local hero, Royal Doulton commissioned modeller David Biggs to design a character jug of Sir Stanley Matthews.

Stuck in the middle...

17 June 2003

WHEN he died tragically in a walking accident in Vermont last October, John Stewart Parry was still in full flow as a collector. A former advertising executive who lived in Gloucestershire, he began to buy antiques in the 1980s first for his home, Abnash House in Stroud, and then for an investment trust of which he was the primary advisor.

Bill Bertoia, pioneering toy auctioneer

13 May 2003

WILLIAM S. ‘Bill’ Bertoia, antique toy authority and founder of Bertoia Auctions in New Jersey, has died at the age of 52, after battling with cancer.

Gone fishin’… in Chelsea

30 January 2003

STRANGE to associate the HMV label in any way with fishing, but one of the highlights of Holt’s March 6 sale at the Duke of York’s Barracks, Chelsea, will be this rare copy of Tarpomania – the madness of fishing, written in 1908 by the industrialist and founder of His Master’s Voice, Eldridge Reeves Johnson.

Last post for founding father of the modern courier service

20 January 2003

TED Adams, who has died aged 72, helped Antiques Trade Gazette Coins and Medals correspondent Richard Falkiner set up what is thought to have been the first independent courier service in the UK.

Celebrating Susie’s centenary

16 January 2003

Susie Cooper’s (1902-1995) long career as a ceramics designer spanned 70 years and her output ranged over many styles including 1920s lustre, colourful blocky Deco, curvy shapes and sgraffito decoration.

Trade mourn leading figures

11 November 2002

The trade were in mourning last week following the deaths of New York-based dealer Tom Devenish, aged 84, Guildford dealer Charles Traylen, aged 96 and London silver dealer Michael Koopman, aged 56.

Aesthetic values have more than academic Oxford interest

26 October 2001

This sale comprised some 308 lots of which 300 had all come from the home of the late Brian Donald Hewens Miller.

Novelty appeal of well known collection

03 August 2001

UK: Sotheby’s horological sales always incorporate a section on mechanical music. Their latest event featured material from a well known, leading figure in this trade: the late Jack Donovan, the Portobello Road dealer in tinplate toys, automata and musical boxes, who died in 1998.

The lure of Lady Bowker is a reason for going to Sussex

19 March 2001

UK: WHEN diplomat’s widow Elsa Elizabeth Bowker died last September, her obituary in The Times quoted the saying that “people came to London for Harrods, Buckingham Palace and Lady Bowker”.

Bryn Brindley’s last deal

11 March 2001

How a trade veteran fixed rate for his estate left to charity... UK: THE great question that every dealer must address when death approaches is what to do with all those antiques accumulated in the home after a lifetime of business.

Cecil Collins collection given to the nation in his widow’s will

05 March 2001

UK: The National Arts Collection Fund has announced that it is to oversee the bequest of 250 works from the studio of the visionary painter Cecil Collins (1908-89) to about 50 galleries and museums across the country.

The collector who first cast the die

05 March 2001

UK: THE late Bob Ewers is remembered fondly by devotees of diecast toys as one of the key players in founding the UK’s first static model collectors club in Maidenhead in 1969, and there was an enormous response to the dispersal of his collection at the Lewes salerooms of Wallis & Wallis (15 per cent buyer‘s premium) on February 12.

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