Published: July 3, 2012
Philip William “Bill” Pfeifer III died June 9. He was 86. His antique shops in New York City, Lahaska, Penn., and Frenchtown, N.J., were well known for rare and exotic curios as well as fine antiques.
Born to Berenyce Schwabe Pfeifer and Philip William Pfeifer II on January 19, 1926, in Little Rock, Ark., Bill grew up in Charleston, W.Va., and graduated from Lawrenceville Academy in 1944. He received a BA from Yale University in 1946 and graduated from Yale School of Architecture in 1950.
In 1952, he was appointed a fellow of the American Scandinavian Foundation and awarded a King Gustav fellowship. He continued his architectural studies at the Royal Swedish Institute of Technology and worked designing public projects for the firm of Lars-Erik Lallerstedt.
After Bill returned to live in the United States, he made an annual visit to Stockholm, which he described as “the city I love most in the world.” He joined the US Navy in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1947.
Bill devoted much of his lifetime to the collection and sale of antiques. His appreciation for beauty and detail of workmanship brought together an eclectic combination of American and English furniture, decorative art and scientific instruments.
For many years, Bill and his partner Ted Nordman were presenters at the Winter Antiques Show in New York City, the Philadelphia Antiques Show and the Theta Antiques Show in Houston.
His architectural skill and refined taste in furniture were successfully demonstrated in the restoration and design of his homes †a carriage house in Brooklyn Heights and an old stone farm house in Bucks County.
Bill is survived by cousins Abry and Nell Cahn of Shreveport, La.; lifelong friend Mary Harberg of Houston, Nancy Smith of Watkinsville, Ga., Gretel Hayes of Auburn, Ala., and his family of friends in Sweden and Bucks County.
Donations in his memory may be made to Chandler Hall Hospice, Newtown, Penn., or a charitable organization of choice.
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