Having grown up in a family of Russian art collectors and lived on and off in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Cynthia Coleman Sparke was destined to work in the field. Her international upbringing and early exposure to Russian culture fed her interest in art history at Smith College (BA) and later at the Bard Graduate Centre (MA) in America.
After heading the Russian department at Christie’s NY, she worked with the Fabergé and Imperial porcelain holdings of the Hillwood Museum in Washington D.C. Then followed a project in St. Petersburg at the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo helping with the restoration of Tsar Nicholas II’s last residence – the subject of her Masters’ thesis from the Bard Graduate Center.
For several years, Cynthia further honed her museum and valuation skills serving as Senior Appraiser for Chubb Insurance, founding an art advisory for high net worth clients. As a result, she brings her proven academic and commercial background to the management of each distinctively unique collection.
Cynthia currently works as an independent consultant, researcher, and lecturer specialising in Russian works of art. She marked twenty-five years in her field with her publication “Russian Decorative Arts” in 2014.