NORWALK, CONN. — Longtime Wilton, Conn., antiques dealer Peter Warren suffered a heart attack and died on July 7. He celebrated his 94th birthday on June 30, said his daughter and business partner A.J. Warren.
A dealer since 1982, he founded Maria and Peter Warren Antiques with his first wife, Maria, who predeceased him in 1991. Subsequently remarried, he is survived by Hollis Elizabeth Wright Warren.
A true gentleman and a good friend of this publication and of many in the field, Warren enjoyed a long career in corporate management before becoming an antiques dealer. As chairman and CEO of PepsiCo International, he traveled widely. His exposure to treasures the world over contributed to his love of art and antiques, about which he was endlessly curious.
A.J. Warren joined the firm after her mother’s death, managing the Warren shop on Danbury Road in Wilton and exhibiting in a regular roster of shows. Well known for its extensive selection of English ceramics, especially Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Century creamware, the firm over the years also handled country and formal American furniture, folk art, paintings, prints, rugs, textiles and decorative accessories from America, England and the Continent.
“It was a love of history, the beauty of art in all mediums and the fun of meeting all types of people that drove my beautiful mother, Maria Alba de Warren, to start the business. My father shared her passions but was not able to join the business until he stopped his globetrotting for PepsiCo,” said A.J. Warren.
The firm will exhibit at the upcoming Newport Antiques Show, July 24–27, and at the New York Ceramics Fair in January. “It is what he would have wanted,” said A.J. Warren.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Peter Warren is survived by his son, also Peter; his nephew Joshua Warren; and his grandchildren. Another daughter, Carmen, died June 11 after a long battle with cancer.