Obituaries

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


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Obituary: Moira Cohen (1940-2020)

16 November 2020

It is with great sadness that we break the news of the passing of Moira Cohen on September 20.

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Obituary: Thomas Fidelo (1932-2020)

16 November 2020

Although he was 87, the death on August 31 of Thomas Fidelo (‘Tom’) came as a deep shock to his network of friends throughout the arts world in Edinburgh and beyond.

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Obituary: Graham Leishman Stewart (1955-2020)

16 November 2020

Graham Leishman Stewart, who died in Edinburgh on October 28, is widely regarded as one of the finest silversmiths of his generation.

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Obituary: Anthony Foster (1924-2020)

19 October 2020

It is with great sadness that I am writing this obituary of my father, Tony Foster, who passed away after a very short illness, aged 96.

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Obituary: Martin J Zimet (1931-2020)

12 October 2020

Art dealer Martin Zimet died on September 25, aged 88.

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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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