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Offline Robert_Hall

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Re: Wartski
« on: October 15, 2004, 01:54:12 PM »
They are a VERY upscale antique jewelry store in London. They have probably the most Faberge of any retail establishment.
Have fun {window] shopping there !
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Robert
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2004, 02:32:16 PM »
They have a good web site with various examples of high victorian jewelllers work Guiliano etc.

From my experience I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for replies re Faberge queries. I suppose they must get inundated--  but try for yourself!
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2004, 03:48:31 PM »
Hello,

Wartski is a firm of art and antique dealers based in Grafton Street, London W1. We specialise in Russain works of art particularly those by Faberge. We have dealt with Faberge since the time of Faberge and are the only firm surviving in the same form and in the same hands to have particpated in the Soviets sales of Imperial Russian treasures. we have a large abd variesd stock of Russain works of art and maintain a regularly updated website www.wartski.com. As mentioned in an earleir listing we also have an archive relating to Faberge and Imperial treasures, this includes the Holmstrom design albums. We are more than happy to share our knowledge and resources with fellow enthusiasts. and attempt to answer all emails the same day and I apologise to DOMOVOII if we failed to do so.

A recent discovery of mine held at wartski were the enamelled gold and diamond set egg shaped cufflinks purchased by the Dowager Tsarina and given to Nicholas for Easter 1907. They were later painted by the Tsar in his jewel album and annotated 'from Mama, Esater 1907'. When I uncovered their history my spine tingled.

Kieran McCarthy - kieran@wartski.com
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2004, 03:55:22 PM »
How nice to have the firm reprented here !
I shall be visiting the shop while staying in London, I always enjoy looking and usually the staff are quite friendly to let me do so.
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Robert
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2004, 05:13:28 PM »
I entirely forgot to mention that I have had the enviable opportunity to visit Wartski and to view their amazing collection of Faberge objets.
Geoffrey Munn, Managing Director of Wartski, who may be familiar to some of us as the resident jewellery expert on BBC TV's 'The Antiques Roadshow', not to mention author of numerous works and specifically 'Tiaras, A History of Splendour' (a book that is the definitive work on the subject), was kind enough to assist me with an enquiry about the fate of an article of jewellery, that had been the subject of discussion on this board.  As a result, he very kindly invited me to visit Wartski for a private appointment to view the Faberge artifacts that are on display in the showroom.
Geoffrey is an expert on Faberge; he is also blessed with the talent to describe these articles and discuss their history in such a way that he gives life to them.  I was privileged not only to be able to see these wonderful works of art, but also to be able to touch and hold them.  One can imagine my consternation as he unlocked the vitrines and passed these incredibly beautiful and valuable 'objets de luxe' to me - I was terrified that I would drop something and felt terribly unworthy.  When I think of it now I still have to pinch myself to convince myself that it was real; I was actually able to touch things that the Imperial Family had once owned and  touched themselves!
I can't tell you how beautiful these things are in real life.  There were so many wonderful pieces, some very small, but the detail and quality of workmanship was unsurpassed.
My favourite things were two beautiful frames, one had belonged to MF and the other to Alix, which Geoffrey poignantly stood side by side; a beautiful brooch with MF's cypher (in rubies and diamonds if I recall correctly), which had been a gift to one of her ladies.  My favourite piece was a small frame which contained the miniatures of Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna - exquisitely painted and framed with diamonds dated 1904, which I think had been fashioned for their 30th wedding anniversary.  It was small enough to sit in the palm of my hand, but was truly imperial in its exquisiteness.
I shall always be grateful to Geoffrey Munn for his kindness to me; that opportunity to see and touch these wonderful items is something that will never come my way again.  He very generously gave up his time and shared his enormous knowledge and love for these articles with me that day and I feel singularly honoured.
At the end of my appointment I noticed that each item had the tiniest ticket attached to it.  Thinking that they were for the purpose of cataloguing or something, I mentioned them upon which Geoffrey burst out laughing and informed me that they were all for sale, and that after all it was a shop!  
So, if you are in London and have many thousands of pounds to spend this Christmas, pop along to Wartski and invest in some Imperial History.  Having said that, it really isn't the place to window shop!
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2004, 11:25:39 AM »
I for one am greenest of greens with envy. Drool, drool.!
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2004, 01:36:08 PM »
I'm glad that you enjoyed the tale of my trip to Wartski; it really was the most amazing experience and one that will never be equalled.
If I had the choice of one single event in my life that could be repeated I would, without doubt, choose that visit..............It was incredible!
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM by Martyn »
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2005, 09:00:47 PM »
Dear Martyn,

What a wonderful thing to read your account of your visit to Wartski...whenever I am in London, I walk by the shop, but have never had the nerve to enter it...

I once held a small gold Faberge egg in my hand as a very dear friend of mine is an art restoration specialist and had it in his workshop. To feel a piece of Faberge as well as view it is really really wonderful. Your visit sounds totally fabulous, and THANK YOU so much for sharing it with all of us!  Melissa K.

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Re: Wartski
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2005, 03:22:50 AM »
NAOTMAA, it really was such a pleasure for me to be able to have that appointment with Geoffrey Munn; how could I not share the experience with everyone?
When I look back now, I can scarcely believe that I was able to see and touch so many historic and beautiful objects - small fragments of the Imperial past; it really was a rare privilege, and one that I will never forget........
'For a galant spirit there can never be defeat'....Wallis Windsor

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Re: Wartski
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2005, 08:09:00 PM »
Martyn,  what a beautiful description of your once in a lifetime experience. To have actually held some of those treasures...pardon me while I keel over.

Sunny
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2005, 09:25:50 PM »
Martyn - what a wonderful experience that must have been for you!  Thank you for sharing it with all of us   :D

-Val ;)

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Re: Wartski
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2005, 12:45:55 PM »
I am trying to track down any members of the wartski family who might have been to turek in poland - the birth place of morris wartski who founded the firm wartskis.  He was my great grandfather on my mother's side.

By the way, a small correction to the gentleman at wartskis who says that the firm has been in the same hands.  I believe that the part of the wartski family )Harry wartski's son and daughter) that held a majority ownership stake in the firm sold out in the 70s or 80s.






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Re: Wartski
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2006, 07:53:10 AM »
Hi

Just a reminder that there is a Faberge exhibition at Wartski in London in May...

http://www.wartski.com/body.htm

Annette

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Re: Wartski
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2006, 11:49:52 AM »
Thank you posting the notice, Annette.  As it happens I will be in London at that time and will be sure to go see it.
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Re: Wartski
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2006, 03:22:30 AM »
No problem Robert, hope to see you there.

Annette