Wartski – The First 150 Years
Antique Collectors’ Club (ACC), £65/ US $125
This is the story of the internationally known firm from its start in North Wales to its present day incarnation in London’s Mayfair. It is a remarkable tale adorned with marvellous precious objects, including, of course, works by Fabergé. Their clientele is wide ranging from crowned heads, writers, stars of stage and screen to notable collectors such as Malcolm Forbes and Marjorie Merriweather Post.
It is a vibrant firm which continues to not only sell the past but also encourages contemporary jewellery designers and goldsmiths. This is a well-illustrated book with images of both the wonderful pieces that have passed through their hands and their glittering array of clients and thus it also becomes a social history.
The author is Wartski’s Managing Director, Geoffrey Munn, who will be a familiar face to many of you from his appearances on the BBC Antiques Road Show. He is to be congratulated on this history of the firm and I really don’t think there could be a more fitting way to celebrate Wartski’s first 150 years.