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Wartski is a family business specialising in works of art by Carl Fabergé, antique jewellery, silver and objets de vertu. It was founded by Morris Wartski in 1865 and its first known premises were located in Bangor, North Wales. By 1907 two shops had been established in Mostyn Street in the fashionable seaside town of Llandudno. Wartski thrived under the patronage of King Edward VII and a colourful clientele including the 5th Marquess of Anglesey, also known as the ‘Dancing Marquess’.

In 1911, Emanuel Snowman, Morris Wartski’s son in law, opened a third branch in London. It was then 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 Carl Fabergé, including several Imperial Easter Eggs. Wartski has continued to specialise in the work of the Russian goldsmith, and has over the years owned thirteen of his famous Eggs.

Since the early 1950’s, Wartski has built a reputation for scholarship within the trade. The late Kenneth Snowman published several books on Carl Fabergé, goldsmiths's work and jewellery, and Katherine Purcell, Kieran McCarthy and Thomas Holman 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.


60 St James's Street

London, SW1A 1LE, United Kingdom

+44 20 74 93 11 41 Website


Katherine Purcell



Thomas Holman



Kieran McCarthy




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