The business that she started at Portobello Market in the 1980s continues to trade under husband Craig but a four-decades-long career is marked in a sale of close to 400 hugely varied lots.
Pictured here are two Roman marble busts: the head of a young satyr from the 1st century BC-1st century AD with a provenance to the collection of William H Stokes (1921-2015) and a weathered imperial portrait head, possibly of a senator, from the 3rd century that came from a Dutch collection formed in the 1950s.
They are estimated at £4000-6000 and £3000-5000 respectively in the auction taking place in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.
It was under Jan’s leadership that Finch & Co became one of the best known and most charismatic dealerships of the modern era.
The firm’s ‘wunderkammer’ mix of ethnographic art, European sculpture, antiquities and latterly Modern British art became a regular fixture at international trade fairs. Events such as Masterpiece, TEFAF and BRAFA in the 2000s were supplemented by a popular twice-yearly exhibition in St James’s.
The firm is now based in Cromwell Place, South Kensington. However, as many clients for tribal art are based in the EU, Craig is hoping in the future to operate partly from Brussels.