Obituaries

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


ATG letter: Memories of big hitters of the auction world – Brooks, Came and Butler

30 August 2021

Re: the death of Robert Brooks, (News, front page this week).

Bonhams' former owner and chairman Robert Brooks dies

24 August 2021

Former chairman of Bonhams Robert Brooks has died aged 64. ATG understands he passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.

Obituary: Sotheby's silver specialist Richard Patrick Tatham Came (1932-2021)

23 August 2021

Richard Came was born on New Years’ Eve 1932 in Kabale, the Uganda Protectorate, on the Belgian Congo border. His father was an engineer who worked for the Colonial Service.

Obituary: Dealer Robin Butler (1943-2021)

23 August 2021

Robin Noel Holman Butler was born on 26 April, 1943, to Marjorie Blanche (née Dunn) and (George) Noel Butler in Bristol. He moved to Honiton, in Devon, at the age of five with his parents and older brother, Roderick.

Obituary: Dealer Jan Ellen Finch

16 August 2021

On the evening of July 29 the antiquarian community lost one of its great champions and luminaries, Jan Ellen Finch, after a characteristically courageous and defiant battle against cancer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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