10th Jul, 2011

Heart scare doesn’t stop John enjoying fine porcelain

John is enormously grateful for all the good wishes he received during his recent illness. Thankfully, after a short convalescence, John is now back at work full time. A series of health issues have made the past year somewhat difficult. In November a slipped disk and resulting sciatica meant John had to pull out of his Everest trek at the last minute, leaving wife Kristin to complete the trek to Base Camp alone. Then at Easter this year John was rushed to hospital in Cardiff, where he was diagnosed with heart failure. The reality is not nearly as bad as it sounds, but treatment has meant that a state-of-the-art pacemaker is now implanted in his chest.

John and Henry Sandon with Fiona Bruce at the Antiques Roadshow at Hartland Abbey

While he has to take things a little easy for a while, John was able to attend the latest two recordings of the BBC Antiques Roadshow, where on both occasions he made significant discoveries. John was also able to take the rostrum as auctioneer for the sale at Bonhams of the Helmut Joseph collection. As this involved selling a Meissen snuff box for £860,000, John would not have missed this for the world.

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