Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and the entire American decorative arts community have lost a much-loved friend, Dean F. Failey, who died suddenly at home in East Northport on May 19, 2015. Dean is the author of Long Island Is My Nation: The Decorative Arts & Craftsmen 1640-1830, and was the first full-time director of the East Hampton Historical Society. His deep knowledge and appreciation of American antiques was an inspiration to scholars, curators, collectors, and dealers in the field.
In 1979, he joined Christie’s auction house in New York and went on to become a Senior Vice-President and Director of Americana for the auction house. Mr. Failey was a long-serving board member of the Decorative Arts Trust and the 2007 recipient of the Antiques Dealer’s Association’s Award of Merit. Many friends and colleagues will remember Dean with admiration and affection. His warmth and humor touched everyone he came in contact with – even those who didn’t know him personally. His national presence as an appraiser on PBS television’s “Antique Roadshow” conveyed his wit and high spirits, alongside his passion for American furniture and paintings. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Marie, children and grandchildren. We will miss our dear friend who was a champion of American art, an expert on the work of early New York craftsman and a lover of gardens and natural beauty.