Join us for a special fundraising lecture organised by the Dulwich Friends.
Geoffrey Munn is a jewellery specialist, historian and writer but is probably best known as a television presenter on BBC Antiques Roadshow. He has just retired from his first and only permanent position with the court jewellers Wartski which he joined at 19. It is from this established firm that his expertise in art and antiques is derived and his foremost speciality is 19th century jewellery and especially the work of the famous Russian goldsmith Carl Fabergé.
In 1989 Geoffrey joined the team of specialists on the BBC Antiques Roadshow where he has been a regular contributor ever since. Some of his most notable discoveries include a Saxon gold ring found in the roots of a hedge and a silver brooch, thought to be worthless costume jewellery, which Geoffrey identified as a long-lost treasure by the famous gothic architect William Burges. This he valued at £10,000 but it went on to sell at auction for more than £40,000. At the Black Country Museum in 2017 Geoffrey discovered a study of pear blossom by Carl Fabergé in enamelled gold set with diamonds that he valued at £1,000,000. This was one of only two or three similar discoveries in the entire history of the show.
He is the author of several books about jewellery, including “Tiaras ‑ A History of Splendour”, 2003 and “Wartski– The First One Hundred and Fifty Years“, 2015. He has also written a history of Southwold, “Southwold: An Earthly Paradise”, 2006.