Obituaries

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


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Obituary: dealer Lizzie Farrow

21 September 2020

Lizzie Farrow, trading as DODO, specialised in old advertising posters and ephemera.

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Obituary: dealer Jane Sumner of Turpin’s Antiques

14 September 2020

It is with regret we announce the death of Jane Sumner of Turpin’s Antiques, who passed away peacefully on September 2, aged 82.

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Obituary: Book dealer Hamish Riley-Smith (1941-2020)

31 August 2020

Rare book specialist Hamish Riley-Smith, who died on August 10, did not originally intend to become a dealer.

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Obituary: European ceramics dealer Kate Davson (1938-2020)

31 August 2020

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Kate Davson (Kate Foster), who died peacefully at home last month of cancer at the age of 82.

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Obituary: Gillian Jason (1941-2020)

03 August 2020

Gillian Jason, the pioneering art dealer of the Modern British art movement and founder of Gillian Jason Gallery, died peacefully at home in Norfolk on July 21, three weeks after her 79th birthday.

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Obituary: Tony Coakley (1926-2020)

03 August 2020

Tony Coakley was a fun, attractive character, a dealer noted for his tall, slender figure with trademark ponytail and beard.

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Obituary: collector and author Malcolm Shields

06 July 2020

The collector, author and businessman Malcolm Shields was born in Hull. It was in the Yorkshire city where his company flourished and he gained much of his knowledge of antiques, coins and paintings – interests he pursued most enthusiastically.

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Obituary: Commemorative ceramics collector Robin Watson Simpson (1940-2020)

06 July 2020

Well known for an encyclopaedic knowledge of British history, Robin Simpson (who died in February) was the leading collector of commemorative ceramics.

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Obituary: Gerardus A Widdershoven (1951-2020), founder of Maison Gerard

29 June 2020

Born in the Netherlands in 1951, ‘Gerard’ arrived in New York in 1973 and began his long and illustrious career as one of the great ‘antiquaries’ of Art Deco soon after in 1974.

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Obituary: Antique ship model expert Laurence Langford (1927-2020)

22 June 2020

Laurence (Laurie) Langford died on June 7, aged 93.

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Obituary: Furniture dealer David Terrence Johnson (1936-2020)

08 June 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the death of our father David Terrence Johnson.

Obituary: Art dealer Jocelyn Feilding (1940-2020)

01 June 2020

Jocelyn Feilding, who died aged 80 on May 9, was a distinguished art dealer and bon viveur. He had an authoritative eye and a passion for Italian painting.

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Obituary: dealer Michael Fenn

04 May 2020

Michael Fenn was born on November 5, 1941, in Petts Wood, Kent, and died on Sunday, April 19, this year.

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Obituary: Silver dealer John Gewirtz

27 April 2020

It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden death of my father and mentor, John Gewirtz, aged 81.

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Obituary: Modern design dealer Roger Lloyd Tonkinson

27 April 2020

My father, Roger Lloyd Tonkinson, trained and worked as an architect until 1997 when he and my mother Anne moved to St Ives, Cornwall.

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Obituary: Tuyet Nguyet – founder of Arts of Asia magazine

30 March 2020

With the recent passing in Hong Kong of Tuyet Nguyet the oriental art world has lost one of its major personalities.

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Obituary: Los Angeles auctioneer Peter Alexander Loughrey

30 March 2020

Peter Alexander Loughrey, founder of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), passed away on March 16, at the young age of 52, of cancer.

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Obituary: Auctioneer and valuer Stephen Flintoft (1974-2020)

30 March 2020

Unfortunately it is with enormous sadness that we pass on the news our auctioneer and valuer, Stephen Flintoft, passed away on March 11 after only eight weeks away from us due to illness.

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Obituary: Pamela Roberts (1934-2020)

17 February 2020

It is with great sadness that I must report the death of Pamela Roberts on January 28, who for many years traded as Merlin Antiques.

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Obituary: Dealer and collector Reuben Reubens

10 February 2020

Reuben Reubens, who has died after a long illness at the age of 80, was for many years a regular visitor to Portobello Road, both as a dealer and a collector.

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