It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our founder Kay Derriman at the age of 94 on the 15th March 2016. I first met Kay when I started working for her daughter Nicky at Kays Antiques in 2001. She was most welcoming and very accommodating to the millions of questions that I asked of her at the time. I was also very lucky to be under the guidance of her late husband Stanley Derriman who, with Kay, took me to my very first auction at Ashbey’s Galleries in the early months of 2001. It was this infectious generosity of theirs – sharing their knowledge and love of antiques – that got me completely addicted to this world of beauty. Kay was a very warm and bubbly personality and I personally had the honour of listening to stories about her fascinating life – stories about a bygone era of life in the war as one of the few female flight instructors to train young pilots to fly on simulators in Vereeniging before sending them back to Europe to fight on the front lines. This is where she met the love of her life Stanley where they married in May 1945.
She also thrilled me with stories of her early days in the antiques trade, being one of the first female dealers in Cape Town at the time. Also of her buying trips to the UK in the 60’s when it took 2 days to fly there on the old Trek Airways! Oh how times have changed!
Kay taught me so much over the years from how to string pearls to how to recognise the beauty in objects be they valuable or not, but most importantly, she taught me to respect and preserve the beauty of the past and for this I will always be forever grateful.
On behalf of the staff of Kay’s Antiques we would like to give our sincere condolences to the Smit and Derriman families.
May her dear soul rest in peace.