The late Georg Wissinger built a reputation of buying and selling high quality antiques and art.

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Georg came to England in 1955 from Switzerland where he trained as a master butcher and worked in the Channel Island of Guernsey until 1958 when he arrived in London.

After several years working for a company in central London as a Continental butcher, he decided to set up his own shop.

He then met his future wife Sheila at one of the many dances held at the Dorchester Hotel in the 1950s and early 60s. After he married Sheila, Karl was born in 1961, the same year Georg opened his first shop: The Golden Star - Continental Delicatessen Butchery.

At the same time Georg and Sheila had a hobby - as antique dealers/interior decorators.

Georg sold his butchery shops in 1976 and had his first real antiques shop on the Archway Road, just below the bridge. From here he moved to Upper Street, Islington, in between other dealers and pubs.

In 1978 he joined Antonio Mendoza in a wholesale warehouse at the heart of the antiques trade - Bermondsey Street, near the infamous market on Bermondsey Square, London SE1.

From there, Georg and Antonio sold furniture, artwork and other collectable items all over the world.

Then in 1982 he moved to Chipping Norton and here he opened Georgian House Antiques.

Since then, Georg continued to build on his reputation of buying and selling high-quality antiques and art to the world. Only on the death of Sheila did the business slow down, and now after 55 years in the trade, this era has come to an end.

Now may Georg rest in peace, knowing that his son Karl returned to the business after working the last 30 years in Europe as a restorer and maker of furniture.

The funeral service will be held at Banbury Crematorium at 12noon on January 26 with the wake at The King’s Arms, Chipping Norton, OX7 5EU, after 2pm.

Contact Karl Wissinger on 07460 922488 for more information.

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