Wartski specialises in works by Carl Faberge, fine jewellery, and objets de vertu
14 Grafton Street
London, W1S 4DE
T +44 20 74 93 11 41
Associate Managing Director
Founded in 1865 by Morris Wartski in Wales, another branch of the firm was opened in London in 1911 managed by his son-in-law Emanuel Snowman. Amongst the first to negotiate with the government of the Soviet Union in the 1920's, Snowman succeeded in acquiring many important works of art including the gold chalice commissioned by Catherine the Great. Its renown for the works of Carl Faberge is endorsed by the fact that it has owned over the years thirteen of the Imperial Easter eggs. Emanuel's son Kenneth Snowman added another dimension to the business with his pioneering research and exhibitions, publishing several books on Carl Faberge and on eighteenth century gold snuff boxes. His legacy continues with Geoffrey Munn, who has written a number of books on jewellery, the first on Castellani and Giuliano in 1983, the most recent on Tiaras, curating an exhibition devoted to the subject for the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2002; Katherine Purcell, who published the definitive survey on the Parisian jewellers Falize, and whose focus is French jewellery and Japonisme; and Kieran McCarthy, who identified the missing third Imperial Easter egg, and who has made an invaluable contribution to Faberge scholarship with his book 'Faberge in London'.
Wartski is a family business whose present day Chairman Nicholas Snowman is the great-grandson of its founder.