By David Frost
My wife's uncle, Hansfried Defet, who has died aged 90, was the founder and driving force behind Da Vinci Künstlerpinselfabrik, the Nuremberg-based manufacturer of high-quality artists' and cosmetic brushes, a third of which are sold in the UK. Hansfried also contributed to the contemporary art movement through his support for artists and as an art collector.
The elder of two children of Anna (nee Hagen) and Friedrich Defet, Hansfried was born into a family of brush-makers in the village of Markt Erlbach, north-east of Nuremberg; they moved into the city when Hansfried was still very young and in 1930 acquired a paintbrush business originally founded in 1890.
Source: Hansfried Defet obituary