Obituaries

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


Obituary: David William Stoddart (1956-2019)

09 December 2019

David William Stoddart, trading as Black Ink Prints, passed away suddenly on November 20 aged 62. Much loved and sadly missed.

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Obituary: David Secrett

09 December 2019

David Secrett began his working life apprenticed to a church organ-builder. After a spell as an RAF instrument-fitter and Russian linguist, he returned to organ-building and later moved to the workshops of the Science Museum in London.

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Memorial service notice and obituary: Paul Barthaud (1956-2018)

09 December 2019

The memorial service for Paul Barthaud will take place at St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL, on January 14, 2020, at 4pm.

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Obituary: Book dealer John Lawson

02 December 2019

Book dealer John Lawson joined EM Lawson & Co, the firm that his father had started at Sutton Coldfield in 1921, when he was demobbed from national service in the RAF in 1952.

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Obituary: Art dealer John Jesse

30 September 2019

John Jesse died unexpectedly this month in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He was 83. He will be remembered and missed by many in the art trade.

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Obituary: Valuer and auctioneer Jane Anderson (1950-2019)

16 September 2019

Valuer Jane Anderson, who died in January this year, joined Berkhamsted Auction Rooms as a secretary in the early 1980s and quickly progressed to the role of manager and auctioneer. She was one of only a handful of women auctioneers in the 1980s.

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Obituary: Glass specialist John P Smith (1940-2019)

09 September 2019

John Smith, who died on February 24, was a well-known figure in the world of glass, contributing much to knowledge in this field and selling unusual and interesting glasses to museums and collectors all over the world. A Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass from 2000, he had an international profile and vetted glass at the Maastricht fair in recent years.

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Obituary: Picture restorer Sydney Bennett (1933-2019)

02 September 2019

Picture restorer Sydney (Syd) Bennett passed away on August 16, aged 86.

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Obituary: London silver dealer Lawrence Block

19 August 2019

Sadly, Lawrence Block, the well-known London silver dealer, passed away in April on his 93rd birthday.

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Obituary: 'Buccaneering' print dealer Nicholas William Lott

15 July 2019

We regret to announce the death of Nicholas William Lott, at the age of 70. He died surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 5.

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Obituary: Jewellery specialist Anne Shannon

10 June 2019

We regret to announce the death of jewellery collector and historian Anne Shannon who died peacefully with her family on May 11.

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Obituary: Betty Klaber (1924-2019)

27 May 2019

Betty Klaber, together with her daughter Pamela, started their ceramics business Klaber & Klaber, in 1969, specialising in 18th century European porcelain and enamels.

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Obituary: John Hayward (1938-2019)

27 May 2019

The death of John Hayward on May 12 has robbed the world of medals and medal collecting of its most colourful personality.

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Obituary: Furniture dealer George Floyd

20 May 2019

It is with great sadness that I report the passing away of George Floyd – always an immaculately dressed larger-than-life character.

Obituary: Doulton art pottery collector Derek Billings

13 May 2019

Derek Billings has died at the age of 86. For half a century he was an important player in the collecting world of Doulton art pottery. His late wife Kay was a very supportive partner in forming the collection.

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Obituary: Metal conservator Peter ‘Mick’ Willet

13 May 2019

Peter Willet (1941-2019), known affectionately to all as Mick, has died suddenly.

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Obituary: Memories of art dealer Patrick Payne

06 May 2019

Retired art dealer Patrick Payne, formerly of Arden Gallery, Henley-in-Arden, and later of Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, has died at his daughter’s home in London aged 86.

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Obituary: Michael Bing – memories of a family man, his 40 years at Sotheby’s and a non-league football obsession

15 April 2019

Polymath, collector, kind and generous with his time and knowledge, Michael died on his 61st birthday surrounded by his family.

A long career built on sharing expertise and having a sense of fun

15 April 2019

A personal tribute to Michael Bing by Simon Berti, formerly of Auction Technology Group.

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Obituaries: Stephen Lunn and Chris Martin

08 April 2019

Obituaries for dealers Stephen Lunn and Chris Martin.

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