- Also known as
primary name: Wareham, William
- individual; dealer/auction house; British; Male
- Life dates
- 14-15 Castle Street, Corner of St Martin's Court, Leicester Square, London.
- Leading dealer in antiquities, oriental art and ethnography in London through the 1860s to 1880s. On letterhead describes himself as "Dealer in Antiquities, Curiosities, China etc. etc." Acted as agent for the BM in sales on many occasions (eg the William Bragge collection for which his invoice for £500 survives). A W Franks (q.v.) and Henry Christy (q.v.) acquired objects directly from him, for example see Curator's Comment to Am.5402. Based at Leicester Square from before 1860 and still there in 1882. Supplied Sir John Lubbock with objects from the Arctic during period 1863-1870. Died in a boating accident at Ilfracombe, Devon, 1887 when described as a 'merchant' of London. The firm continued at the same address as G R Harding (qv) which advertised itself as 'formerly William Wareham'.
Probably related to James Wareham (q.v.), from whom the British Museum acquired other antiquities in 1862.
Af.2666 shows that he purchased the collection formed by 'Casolani' [presumably Bishop Annetto Casolani, 1815-1866]
Sold a number of Mesopotamian antiquities, including cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, terracotta figurines and pottery, to the British Museum between 1866 and 1869.
Sold four Japanese netsuke and some arrow-heads to the Museum in the 1860s.
- M W Westgarth 2009 'A Biographical Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Antique and Curiosity Dealers. Regional Furniture', XXIII. Regional Furniture Society, Glasgow
Janet Owen, "Collecting artefacts, acquiring empire", 'Journal of the History of Collections' 18 (1) 2006. pp.9-25
'North Devon Journal', 1 September 1887.