Ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian collectors and institutions have been increasingly eager to repatriate their lost heritage. Works by jewellers and silversmiths to the Tsars are particularly sought after today, with the market for pre-Revolutionary decorative arts drawing a wide audience – from curators at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, to predawn bargain hunters at the Paris flea markets.

Interest in properly vetted Russian decorative arts has never been stronger. Record sales for items with Imperial provenance demonstrate the market’s buoyancy. First-time buyers and seasoned collectors looking to catalogue, insure, curate and manage holdings in this niche sector draw upon the bespoke valuation and management expertise provided by Coleman Consulting.

Cynthia Coleman Sparke author