Henry Sandon, a ceramics expert who appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, has died at the age of 95 on Christmas Day.
Sandon was known for his passion and knowledge of ceramics, especially porcelain and pottery. The 95-year-old’s son, John, who also became an expert and appeared on the BBC show, paid tribute to his father’s legacy in the world of antiques.
He said in a statement to Sky News: “My dad died peacefully on Christmas morning. Simply old age, as he was 95, and he’s left the world of antiques with an incredible legacy.
“On the Antiques Roadshow chatting to the owner of the most humble cracked teapot, his enthusiasm and his infectious laugh and smile brought their treasured pot to life.
“Dad taught me to see the human side of a piece of pottery, and I could have asked for no greater gift.”
Sandon joined Antiques Roadshow in 1979 and became a respected figure on the programme. He was awarded an MBE in 2008 for his services to broadcasting, the ceramics industry, and to charity.
He was also a curator and patron at the Museum of Royal Worcester.
In a social media post, the museum wrote: “It is with great sadness we share the news that Henry Sandon passed away on Christmas morning.
“Our curator and then patron of the museum for many years, a much-loved expert who shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for pots and Worcester in person, in books and on TV.”