Obituaries (print edition)


Memorial service - Michael Bing

07 October 2019

A memorial service for Michael Bing will be held at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, on Monday, October 14, at 2.30pm.

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Obituary – Viscount Davidson

07 October 2019

Malcolm Davidson died recently at the age of 85. For many years he ran City Fine Arts in the heart of the financial district of London offering furniture and unusual items to those working in the Square Mile.

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Obituary: Art dealer John Jesse

30 September 2019

John Jesse died unexpected this month in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He was 83. He will be remembered and missed by many in the art trade.

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Obituary: Valuer and auctioneer Jane Anderson (1950-2019)

16 September 2019

Valuer Jane Anderson, who died in January this year, joined Berkhamsted Auction Rooms as a secretary in the early 1980s and quickly progressed to the role of manager and auctioneer. She was one of only a handful of women auctioneers in the 1980s.

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Obituary: Glass specialist John P Smith (1940-2019)

09 September 2019

John Smith, who died on February 24, was a well-known figure in the world of glass, contributing much to knowledge in this field and selling unusual and interesting glasses to museums and collectors all over the world. A Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass from 2000, he had an international profile and vetted glass at the Maastricht fair in recent years.

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Obituary: Picture restorer Sydney Bennett (1933-2019)

02 September 2019

Picture restorer Sydney (Syd) Bennett passed away on August 16, aged 86.

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Obituary: London silver dealer Lawrence Block

19 August 2019

Sadly, Lawrence Block, the well-known London silver dealer, passed away in April on his 93rd birthday.

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Obituary: 'Buccaneering' print dealer Nicholas William Lott

15 July 2019

We regret to announce the death of Nicholas William Lott, at the age of 70. He died surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 5.

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Obituary: Jewellery specialist Anne Shannon

10 June 2019

We regret to announce the death of jewellery collector and historian Anne Shannon who died peacefully with her family on May 11.

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Obituary: Betty Klaber (1924-2019)

27 May 2019

Betty Klaber, together with her daughter Pamela, started their ceramics business Klaber & Klaber, in 1969, specialising in 18th century European porcelain and enamels.

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Obituary: John Hayward (1938-2019)

27 May 2019

The death of John Hayward on May 12 has robbed the world of medals and medal collecting of its most colourful personality.

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Obituary: Furniture dealer George Floyd

20 May 2019

It is with great sadness that I report the passing away of George Floyd – always an immaculately dressed larger-than-life character.

Obituary: Doulton art pottery collector Derek Billings

13 May 2019

Derek Billings has died at the age of 86. For half a century he was an important player in the collecting world of Doulton art pottery. His late wife Kay was a very supportive partner in forming the collection.

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Obituary: Metal conservator Peter ‘Mick’ Willet

13 May 2019

Peter Willet (1941-2019), known affectionately to all as Mick, has died suddenly.

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Obituary: Memories of art dealer Patrick Payne

06 May 2019

Retired art dealer Patrick Payne, formerly of Arden Gallery, Henley-in-Arden, and later of Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, has died at his daughter’s home in London aged 86.

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Obituary: Michael Bing – memories of a family man, his 40 years at Sotheby’s and a non-league football obsession

15 April 2019

Polymath, collector, kind and generous with his time and knowledge, Michael died on his 61st birthday surrounded by his family.

A long career built on sharing expertise and having a sense of fun

15 April 2019

A personal tribute to Michael Bing by Simon Berti, formerly of Auction Technology Group.

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Obituaries: Stephen Lunn and Chris Martin

08 April 2019

Obituaries for dealers Stephen Lunn and Chris Martin.

Funeral notice: Michael Bing

01 April 2019

We regret to announce the death of Michael Bing (1959-2019), senior director at Sotheby’s, following a long illness. Michael’s funeral will be held at noon on Friday, April 5, at Mortlake Crematorium in London. A full appreciation will appear in a future issue.

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Obituary – Martin Woolf Orskey

30 March 2019

Book dealer Martin Woolf Orskey, who died in December, aged 93, was a familiar figure in the trade. Indeed, OF Snelling, in his book Rare Books and Rarer People, published in 1982, described him as the “prince of all the book runners – for this is what he was to begin with, and he would be the first to admit it".

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