Obituaries

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


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Obituary: Anthony William Pratt (1955-2021) – a chairman who was proud of his profession and his beloved Canterbury auction house

28 June 2021

Tony Pratt, chairman of the Canterbury Auction Galleries passed away peacefully at home on June 11 after celebrating his 66th birthday with friends and family.

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Announcement: Tony Pratt of The Canterbury Auction Galleries

21 June 2021

The directors of The Canterbury Auction Galleries are shocked and deeply saddened to report the sudden death of Tony Pratt, the chairman of the company.

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Obituary: literature and history specialist Peter Selley

07 June 2021

Peter Selley, senior director and senior specialist in English literature and history at Sotheby’s in London, died on April 28.

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Obituary: porcelain dealer Robyn Lynette Robb (1945-2021)

31 May 2021

It comes with great sadness to announce the death of Robyn Robb, who died on May 12 after a short and sudden illness.

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Obituary: Victoria de Rin (1931-2020)

10 May 2021

At the end of last year the antiques business lost one of its expert dealers, Victoria de Rin, a leading light in the world of collectables, who specialised in Wemyss Ware. Sadly she passed away on December 12, 2020.

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Obituary: Andrew Morley (1947-2021)

10 May 2021

Andrew Morley was a lifelong collector, whose passion for enamel advertising signs made him a world authority.

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Obituary: Book dealer Andrew Cumming

03 May 2021

Andrew Cumming was among the first successful antiquarian book dealers to step into the shoes of the post-war greats such as Charles Traylen and Frank Hammond.

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Obituary: book dealer Reginald Charles Remington (1931-2021)

19 April 2021

I am sad to report the passing of my dear friend Reginald ‘Reg’ Charles Remington (1931-2021) who died peacefully in hospital after a very short illness on Friday, April 2.

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Obituary: dealer and an auctioneer Isadore Moses Chait (1946-2021)

19 April 2021

‘Izzy’ Chait, founder of the IM Chait Gallery/Auctioneers in Beverly Hills, California, loved a Macallan on the rocks with a twist, Tommy Bahama silk shirts, taking a ride in a classic car, performing in his family band and Asian antiques.

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Obituary: dealer John Alan Gair

19 April 2021

John Alan Gair, who died suddenly on March 5, was a much-respected dealer in antique taxidermy, tribal artefacts and airship and Zeppelin memorabilia.

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Obituary: Chinese art dealer Richard Peters

05 April 2021

I knew Richard Peters for nearly 40 years. He was born in Leeds on January 28, 1962, and was one of six children to Flo and Syd Peters, who owned a large shop called The Antique Gallery in North Street, Leeds.

Obituary: photography collector Janette Rosing

22 March 2021

The photography collecting world has lost one of its longest established members, greatest advocates and one of its true individuals.

Obituary: Art recovery specialist Charles Hill (1947-2021)

15 March 2021

For those who have studied or have even a passing interest in the field of art crime, Charles (or Charley) Hill was one of the giants in the world of recovering stolen masterpieces – from Munch’s 'The Scream' to Vermeer and Goya and many more.

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Obituary: art dealer Ian Godfrey Appleby (1928-2021)

15 March 2021

Former London fine art dealer Ian Godfrey Appleby sadly died on January 24, in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands at the age of 92, after complications following breaking his hip.

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Obituary: fair organiser Patricia Harvey (1928-2021)

08 March 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Patricia Harvey.

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ATG letter: Don’t forget Richard Feigen's British art role

01 March 2021

MADAM – Your article ‘A great connoisseur of art‘ (News, ATG No 2479) recording the death of the impressive American dealer/collector Richard Feigen, and the obituary in the same edition (right), while rightly lauding the range of his connoisseurship from early Italian art through to Contemporary artists, didn’t mention his passion, and exceptional eye, for British artists such as Richard Wilson, JMW Turner, David Wilkie, RP Bonington and Samuel Palmer.

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Obituary: Johnny von Pflügl (1940-2021)

01 March 2021

Johnny, of Austrian, Belgian and English parentage, was born in London and educated at Downside, a Catholic boarding school in Somerset.

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‘A great connoisseur of art’ – Richard L Feigen (1930-2021)

08 February 2021

The US art dealer Richard L Feigen has died at the age of 90. A notice in the New York Times stated he ‘died peacefully in his sleep after a brief illness with Covid-19 pneumonia’.

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Obituary: Peter Kay 1935-2021

08 February 2021

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Peter Kay, died at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

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Obituary: James O’Connor 1930-2021

08 February 2021

James Joseph O’Connor was known to many as a wonderful character, amusing, knowledgeable and a very charismatic writer and art dealer.

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