Obituaries

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


William MacDougall

Co-founder of Russian art auction house William MacDougall dies

17 September 2022

William MacDougall, the co-founder of London Russian art specialist auction house MacDougall's, has died.

Ian and Sharon Aitken

‘The last ever Richardson & Linnell auction’

12 September 2022

The collection of former Richardson & Linnell auctioneer Ian Aitken will be offered at Bamfords on September 26-27.

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Obituary: Metalware dealer Christopher Bangs

05 September 2022

Christopher Bangs, who is probably best known for his reference book on candlesticks, 'The Lear Collection', was a man of many talents.

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Obituary: Auctioneer and horology specialist Roger Warren

05 September 2022

We are very sorry to inform you that our friend and colleague Roger Warren passed away. Roger had been battling cancer since diagnosis in December of last year, it is a cliché to say that he fought hard – but in Roger’s case this is the truth.

Obituary: Jerome Eisenberg

22 August 2022

Jerome Eisenberg (1930-2022), who died aged 92 on July 6, was a leading member of the antiquities trade.

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Obituary: furniture specialist Sheila Hough

18 July 2022

My mother Sheila Hough (nee Haptie), who died in May at the age of 98, started her career in the antiques trade after leaving the WRAF [Women’s Royal Air Force] at the end of the Second World War.

Obituary: antiques dealer Gino Viscossi

04 July 2022

I am writing with fond and cherished memories of a much loved and admired character, recently passed, in June 2022.

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Obituary: Silver and jewellery dealer Jan Van Den Bosch

06 June 2022

It is with great regret that we announce the sudden death of Jan Van Den Bosch on Saturday, May 7, at the age of 88 near his home in Crouch End.

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Obituary: Sir Angus Grossart

23 May 2022

We regret to announce the death of Sir Angus Grossart, the Scottish merchant banker and patron of the arts.

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Obituary: Portobello dealer Glynne Clivaz

16 May 2022

Glynne Clivaz passed away peacefully on May 1, aged 92.

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ATG letter: Memories of Cindy Mainwaring

02 May 2022

I was saddened to read that Cindy Mainwaring has passed away (Obituary, ATG No 2539). She was a jolly and positive woman and I shall always have very fond memories of her.

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Obituary: Cindy Mainwaring Mack (1938-2022)

18 April 2022

Cindy was a Chelsea housewife when she started running a bric-a- brac fair at the Old Chelsea Town Hall in October 1979. Cindy’s Chelsea Fair was so successful that she rebooked at Christmas of that year and continued once a month for over 30 years.

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Obituary: Julian George Dawson (1940-2022)

11 April 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the death, at the age of 82, of Julian Dawson, our much-loved former colleague and partner, writes Philip Taylor of Gorringe’s.

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Obituary: Anthony du Boulay (1929-2022) – a key figure in Asian art ‘colossal expansion’

04 April 2022

The much respected and hugely knowledgeable former Christie’s director auctioneer, Anthony du Boulay, sadly died recently at home in Poundbury, Dorset.

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Obituary: James ‘Jim’ Anthony Hill (1942-2022)

28 February 2022

After a long and successful career in industry as a time-served craftsman initially (skills which made him a talented restorer later on), rising to management in the coachbuilding sector, Jim and Shirley (his ever-present wife) became full-time dealers in 1997.

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Obituary: antiques dealer Peter Twining (1935-2022)

28 February 2022

The remarkably talented antiques dealer Peter Twining died on January 25, having reached the fine age of 86 after gracing the London trade with his distinctive eye for grand furniture of character and unique works of art over a period of 50 years.

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Obituary: John Gregory

24 January 2022

On December 13, 2021, the art village of St James’s lost one of its most colourful characters.

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Obituary: Keith Bycroft (1934-2021)

29 November 2021

I first met Keith in 1971, when he became a customer, buying oak and artefacts from my stand in Nell Gwynn’s Cottage at Salisbury Hall, near St Albans. He quickly became my best customer, calling weekly and buying most of my new stock.

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Obituary: Pottery dealer Roger de Ville

27 October 2021

It is with great sadness that I was informed of the sudden death of my good friend and colleague in the trade Roger de Ville… thankfully he was at home and he passed away quickly at the amazing age of 86 years old.

Obituary: Alan Hobart of Pyms Gallery

11 October 2021

The Irish trade – both gallerists and auctioneers – owe a debt of gratitude to Alan Hobart, who died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, September 17.

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