We were very sad to learn of the passing of MasterArt friend and associate, David Moss, aged 71. Following a short illness, David passed away late last month.
David was a cherished member of the MasterArt team. From 2012, he served magnanimously as MasterArt Chief Editor, producing the popular monthly column “MasterArt Storybook”. He will be remembered for his wit, elegance and tireless commitment to the arts.
A highly respected, art fair veteran, David’s lifelong passion for the arts was best reflected in his writings. Before MasterArt, he spent more than 25 years writing for Antiques Trade Gazette, founding the much-loved “Dealers’ Dossier” column. These writings will continue to serve as a reminder of David’s diligence, skill and flair for life.
Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Isabel, and his family and friends around the world. He will be sorely missed.
Henry Blundell and the MasterArt team
David’s funeral service will take place at 12pm on Thursday 16 February at St John’s Wood Church, Lord’s Roundabout, London NW8 7NE. A reception will follow at Danubius Hotel Regents Park.
The family has requested that instead of flowers, donations can be made to St John's Hospice, 60 Grove End Rd, London NW8 9NH.
TRIBUTES TO DAVID MOSS:
This is a great loss for the art world. Many of our colleagues and peers have been deeply saddened by the news, and a few kindly chose to share with us their thoughts and memories of David.
Beatrix Boudon (Fair Manager, BRAFA)
It was a great sadness to hear that David Moss had passed away. It was the first BRAFA in more than twenty years during which we did not have the great pleasure to welcome him. He was on his way to the fair last month when he decided to return back home, only a few days before his death... David was a really fine journalist and a perfect gentleman. He had a broad and very precise knowledge of the art market, and a rare and instinctive appreciation of it. He was also very much respected by the art dealers and his colleagues. You always learned something interesting at discussing with him or reading his articles. He was also a very sweet person, always courteous and cheerful with everyone. The art world has definitely lost a great personality, we will very much miss him !
Brian and Anna Haughton (Brian Haughton Gallery):
David Moss was a great friend since the beginning of our Fair Organising Days. He was always very supportive and such an incredibly good writer who everyone admired. We shared many good lunches and dinners together and David met Isabel at our Asian Art Fair in New York in 2002.
David was an elegant man, always well dressed and full of fun and laughter. He had so many friends and had great character. He was a great supporter of the Trade and could be seen at all Antique Fairs in whatever country and you could always be sure that he reported evenly and had checked his facts. He was a larger than life character in many ways and I always opened ATG at the Dealers Dossier page first when he was there and have missed it ever since.
We will miss you so much David.
Sandra Hindman (Les Eluminures):
David Moss was a great enthusiast of medieval manuscripts. He always did such a superb job presenting our niche field of medieval treasures to the wide public. We are sad to hear this tragic news; however his family should be proud, for he has left a great legacy to journalism.
Nick and Angela Mullany (Mullany Haute Epoque Fine Art):
David was old school, a gentleman, genuine.
Invariably interesting and interested, wherever we met in the world, we always felt uplifted from his visits to our stands.
Not unknown to push a copy deadline to the wire, calls from David, always welcome, could come at any time.
Knowledgeable, balanced and never unkind, fairs and arts journalism will not be the same without him.
He was a lovely man and will be missed.
Dino Tomasso (Tomasso Brothers):
David was, without doubt, one of the most genuine human beings I have ever met and he was an incredibly positive soul. He always brought a smile on the many occasions that we met and he will be sincerely missed in the art circles he used to frequent.