Daniel Farrell, an expert on antiques who brought Antiques Roadshow to America in 1997 and who set up the U.S. offices of the Antiques Collectors' Club publishing house, died on August 16 in Boston. He was 74.
Farrell's career in the book business centered around his work with Antique Collectors' Club, with whose founder, Diana Steel, he established a U.S. office in 1990. Now known as ACC Art Books, the house publishes books about art and antiques in addition to selling and distributing titles for a number of British and European art publishers in the U.S. Later, Farrell acquired art publisher Hudson Hills;
Farrell was also the organizer of the Art Book Fair in New York City, an exposition for art book publishers, readers, and collectors held for several years at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
In announcing his death, ACC observed that Farrell's "knowledge of the trade and the U.S. sales potential of often obscure European art books was legendary," and spoke of his "notable was his sense of humor and his great company. He will be deeply missed by friends and colleagues."
Farrell is survived by his wife, Mary A. Nelen; daughters Kate and Sarah and their families; and his siblings, Tim Farrell, Tom Farrell, and Kate Sandvos.