Edward ‘Eddie’ Carrol
We regret to announce the passing away of dealer Edward ‘Eddie’ Carrol, on August 7, at the age of 84.
He carried out his National Service with the Royal Engineers, and was stationed in Korea, Japan and Egypt in the early part of the 1950s. Having left the army, he emigrated to Rhodesia, where he married Catherine, with whom he celebrated their Diamond Wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Having returned to England in 1961, together they opened a grocery store in Bradford, which as a result of the effect of Morrison’s opening their first supermarket nearby, they turned into a second-hand shop. This evolved into an antiques shop, and he opened further shops in Bradford.
By the late 1960s, Edward had decided to deal solely in art, which was the result of a passion originally kindled while stationed in London, doing his National Service. He found himself enthralled by the museums and art collections there.
His knowledge and integrity became greatly respected among his peers and customers. As is the way with every art and antiques dealer, he never really ‘retired’ and retained his passion for the business for the rest of his life.
He will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.
Alexander Sloane (1948-2018)
Alex started in the trade by opening a shop with his mother in Lewes in 1964, calling it De Montfort Antiques. From there they dealt in early furniture and objects.
In 1969, they moved to Robertsbridge, where they were joined by his brother.
This allowed Alex to enjoy two of his great passions: fast cars and early furniture, zooming all over the UK, from the auction galleries of the West End to the cattle sheds of Wales, in pursuit of a fluted leg joynt stool or linen fold coffer. When one was found, he would battle it out in a flamboyant manner with his colleagues and competitors to win the lot.
For many years he exhibited at Olympia, enjoying the gossip and after-work drinks and dinners.
In 2003, he and his then wife, Sharon, decided to separate and he retired to Murcia in Spain where he remained for the next 15 years.
He was, in many ways, a very colourful character whose charm endeared him to many. They, like me, will remember him with fondness.