Obituaries (print edition)


Obituary: Kensington Church Street dealer Gretchen Andersen

22 July 2024

'Let all the world say / What they will / Speak of me / As you find'


Obituary: Michael Curl

15 July 2024

ATG was saddened to receive news of our crossword compiler Michael Curl’s sudden passing, aged 77. There will be no summer crossword in the next issue. We know how much readers enjoyed putting their wits against Michael’s twice-yearly compositions. His daughter Rachel pays tribute to him below.

Obituary: Annie Hammersley (Ann Bernfeld)

15 July 2024

Ann Hammersley passed away peacefully on June 23, 2024.


Obituary: Horologist Derek Roberts

03 June 2024

Derek Roberts, who has died aged 93, was an antiquarian horologist, author and dealer, who brought the modern world into a previously somewhat rarified business.


Obituary: Sir John Boardman (1927-2024)

03 June 2024

Sir John Boardman OBE FBA Hon RA, Emeritus Lincoln Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of the Magdalene College Cambridge for 40 years, was not just the pre-eminent scholar of Archaeology and Ancient Greece, he also proved to be a remarkable friend to the antiquities trade and collecting.


Obituary: Auctioneer Bruce Fearn (1939-2024)

20 May 2024

February saw the sad death of Bruce Fearn, FRICS, FSVA and former head of Neales Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers in Nottingham and Derby.

Memorial service – David William Fuller

06 May 2024

David William Fuller died peacefully at home on March 8, 2024.


Obituary – Ronald Benjamin (1927-2024)

06 May 2024

Many regular readers of the ATG would recall Ronald Benjamin’s reminiscences about his singular life and career which appeared in May last year (Letters, ATG No 2591).


Obituary: furniture restorer Michael Barrington

29 April 2024

Michael Barrington was the driving force behind the British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA) since he was elected its chairman in 1994 and then chief executive officer until 2014.

Rod Jellicoe

Obituary: Ceramics dealer Rod Jellicoe

22 April 2024

We first met Rod over 40 years ago when we both dabbled in the flea markets of the North West. Rod was forming his business from tiny seeds and we were trying to make a little profit to feed our habit (collecting pots!).


Dealer Colnaghi pays tribute to former owner Lord Rothschild

18 March 2024

London art dealership Colnaghi pays tribute to its former owner, Lord Rothschild, who died on February 26 (see Obituary, ATG No 2633).

Obituary: Mark Hayter (1952-2023)

11 March 2024

Mark Hayter was a part of the Chenil Galleries success story in Chelsea of the early 80s, specialising mostly in Art Nouveau and Art Deco with wife Myrna and colleague Tony Coakley.


Obituary: Jacob Rothschild (1936-2024)

04 March 2024

Financier and patron of the arts and collector, Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild (1936-2024), died on February 26, aged 87.

Rod Jellicoe

Ceramics dealer Rod Jellicoe dies aged 70

26 February 2024

London porcelain dealer Rod Jellicoe died on February 4 aged 70.


Obituary: Book dealer Gerald William Mosdell (1935-2024)

26 February 2024

Friends, family, customers and booksellers from across the UK gathered in Colwyn Bay on February 12 to say their last goodbyes to Gerry Mosdell.


Obituary: editor and antiques dealer Joan Root

12 February 2024

Joan Root, who has died aged 96 was born two days after Christmas in 1926 and given Elizabeth as her middle name as Princess Elizabeth had been born a few months earlier.


Obituary: dealer Ivor Ingall

29 January 2024

Ivor Ingall (April 5, 1940-November 6, 2023), who has died aged 83, was born in India during the last days of the British Raj, spending the whole of the Second World War there with his mother and sister while his father Francis Ingall fought overseas with the Indian Army.


Obituary: Irish auctioneer George Mealy

22 January 2024

A “true gentleman”, who was “full of cheerfulness, good humour”, and with a “ready smile”, are some of the words used on to describe the late George Mealy, who died on December 22.


‘Giant among ceramicists’: tributes paid to specialist and TV stalwart Henry Sandon

08 January 2024

Tributes have poured in for the late ceramics specialist and Antiques Roadshow expert Henry Sandon who died aged 95 at the end of last year.

Funeral notice: John William Slough

08 January 2024

John William Slough, who ran London Antique Arms Fairs for many years, died on December 12, 2023.