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Wartski, the antiques shop that made Kate Middleton’s wedding ring, owes its survival to a suitcase full of Fabergé objets


LONDON’S GRAFTON Street does not end where, on first glance, it appears to; instead, it doglegs for two short blocks. And there, on the second of the two blocks and just a few yards away from the luxury retail world of New and Old Bond Streets, is a remarkable little shop entirely unlike the nearby flagship stores of big international brands that vie to outdo one another in splendor and size. Wartski of Llandudno, an art and antiques dealer, is not so much a shop as a place of aesthetic enrichment. “The thing about some of these objects is that they’re like one’s friends,” says Geoffrey Munn, managing director of Wartski, who can be disarmingly candid about the objects arranged in the vitrines around him. “They’re completely charming and sometimes utterly useless.”

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