Helen joins Sotheby’s from Christie’s where she was Head of the Russian Department in London and has over a decade of experience in the field. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in establishing market share in the area of Fabergé and Russian Works of Art. Her focus on driving the market for quality, has led to several record prices, including a world record for an Imperial Presentation snuff-box by Fabergé and a world auction record for a piece of Soviet Porcelain. She comes with a diversity of experience bringing access and knowledge of the market to the field.
Helen has also successfully negotiated Private Sales for Russian works of art for over £1m. Most recently, she led the sale of a number of important private collections, highlighted by an exceptional and rare Fabergé sedan chair and an automated rhinoceros by Fabergé, which established a world record.
Based in London, Helen is responsible for valuing and sourcing Fabergé and Russian Works of Art for sale internationally. She organizes and promotes Sotheby’s sales of Russian Works of Art by working closely with collectors of Russian porcelain, silver, bronzes, enamels, Fabergé and objects of vertu to bring these important objects to the market.
Helen Culver Smith holds an MA with distinction from the Courtauld and a BA in Art History from Princeton University. She holds professional qualifications from Oxford, The London School of Economics and Gem-A.