Antique jewellery, works of art by Carl Fabergé, objets de vertu and antique silver
Geoffrey Munn, Katherine Purcell, Kieran McCarthy
B.A.D.A. (The British Antique Dealers Association)
Wartski is a family business, specializing in works of art by Carl Fabergé, antique jewellery, silver and objets de vertu. It was founded by Morris Wartski in Poland in 1865, and was moved to Bangor in 1895. In 1910, Wartski flourished in the seaside town of Llandudno and its colourful clientele included King Edward VII and the 5th Marquis of Angelsey, also known as the ‘Dancing Marquis’.
After the establishment of two branches in Llandudno by 1895, a third was opened in London in 1911. It was with Morris Wartski’s son in law, Emanuel Snowman, that the firm began its long association with the work of Carl Fabergé. Snowman was one of a pioneering few who made purchases from the Soviet Government department, known as the Antiquariat, between 1927 until 1933. These included a variety of precious objects including the gold chalice given by Catherine The Great to the Cathedral of St. Aleksandr Nevskii Lavra. Amongst these transactions were numerous masterpieces by Fabergé, including a dozen of the now famous Imperial Easter Eggs.
Since the early 1950’s, Wartski has built a reputation for scholarship within the trade. The late A Kenneth Snowman published several books on Carl Faberge, goldsmith’s work and jewellery and Geoffrey Munn, Katherine Purcell and Kieran McCarthy maintain this tradition.
Wartski has had a long association with the Royal family and hold the warrants of Her Majesty the Queen and the Prince of Wales.
An Art Nouveau Magnifying Glass by Lucien Gaillard,
made of iron, the body in the form of a stag beetle with characteristic silver bands, the long horns encircling the glass lens. Lucien Gaillard
Paris, circa 1900.
A Gold, Enamel and Gem-set Frame by Carl Faberge,
the circular yellow gold frame enamelled translucent blue over a moiré ground, the circumference decorated with gold beading, centred by a heart shaped aperture within a pearl bezel topped by a gold bow, supported on a scrolled gold strut and backed with an ivory panel secured with gold screws. Workmaster: Johann Victor Aarne, St. Petersburg, c1900.
A Pair of Antique Gold Earrings,
in the form of pails suspended on movable gold chains from well wheel
pulleys, the yellow gold pails finely chased to represent wooden staves,
bound by platinum hoops. French Circa 1880.
An Enamel and Gem-set Neo-Egyptian Brooch by Gustave Baugrand
centred with an oval rock crystal panel applied with an enamelled portrait of the Egyptian goddess Isis, her head-dress and twin necklaces lavishly set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, the border similarly decorated and set with three carved emerald scarabs.
A Gem-set and Enamel Brooch by Cartier,
in the form of two fighting cockerels. New York, 1945.