People always ask me why I am interested in Russian Art. My father’s family were born in Russia in 1868 and applied for Naturalization to a British subject in which was granted in 1912. My grandfather arrived with six children, and was described as a salmon curer and merchant living in the Mile End Road. The family tree (recorded in two volumes) goes back to 1659 and there are now Zakheims with multiple spellings living all over the world. I am the only one in the Russian Art business with items from the period of the family’s beginnings.