- Also known as
Sir Sydney Burney
primary name: Burney, Sydney Bernard
- individual; dealer/auction house; military/naval; British; Male
- Life dates
- 1876/1877-3 Jan 1951
- 13 St James Place, London SW1 (at least from 1931 to 1934 and again at least from 1938 to 1939);37 Great Cumberland Place, London W1 (in 4 April 1936); 34 Bruton Street, Bond Street, London W1 (at least from 20 July 1936 to 1937); 121 Gloucester Place (1942); 26 Conduit Street, London W1 (from at least 1944 until his death in 1951); 1, Burlington Gdns, W.1. (1950)
- CBE, OBE. Antique dealer. Served in the European War, 1914-1918, Captain (CBE 1918); Assistant-Director of Voluntary Organisations; subsequently became an art dealer; awarded an OBE (by 1931) and a CBE (by 1939).
Burney was President of the British Antique Dealers' Association. He was also the inspiration behind The Model Modern Art Gallery, part of an exhibition in Chesterfield House in 1934 to raise money for the Greater London Fund for the Blind. This gallery was reconstituted in Pallant House, 9 North Pallant, Chichester in 1997, and the catalogue contains a photograph of Burney and an Appreciation (p. 4) by his grandson in which Burney is described as 'a man of Tao who "left no wheel tracks"'. He was apparently 74 when he died in January 1951, so he must have been born in 1876 or 1877.
- 'Who Was Who', Vol.V, 1951-1960.
See his entry in CARP (Chinese Art - Research into Provenance) http:// www.hatii.arts.gla.ac.uk/admn/php/carp/search.php