Chair: Kelly Luchini
Notable appraisers with areas of expertise in fine and decorative art, furniture, antiques, Asian art, and jewelry can appraise your treasures at this exciting, first-time event.
Appraisers will include Rico Baca, David Barnett, Susan Hunter, Kelly Luchini, Virginia Utley, and Stuart Whitehurst. These appraisers hail from various prominent institutions such as David Barnett Gallery, Butenhoff Fine Art Appraisals, Palm Beach Jewelry and Appraisals, Palm Beach Modern Auctions, Winston Art Group, and Marvin & Whitehurst Appraisal Group, Inc.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$25 per item | $40 for two items
You can bring photos with dimensions of your piece if it is to cumbersome to transport!
Specialty: Mid-century Furniture/Fine and Decorative Arts
Rico Baca is a long time Palm Beach resident and owner of Objects20C Gallery and Palm Beach Modern Auctions. Specializing in influential 20th century art and design, the gallery has been a part of West Palm's Antique Row for over twelve years.
Between auctions, Rico visits clients in Miami, New York and other havens of design, negotiating and advising on the sale of their collections. Closer to home, Rico has worked as an auctioneer to benefit the Heart & Soul Gala silent auction, volunteered for AIDS charities, and participated in Appraisal Days with Florida Atlantic University and others.
Rico's keen eye for spotting the most coveted items on the market has led PBMA to achieve record results in art, furniture and glass. Some recent art highlights include works by Harry Bertoia, Sam Francis, Pablo Picasso/Madoura Pottery, Angel Botello, and Jim Dine. Furniture highlights include George Nakashima, Tommi Parzinger, Paul Evans, Gio Ponti, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Gabriella Crespi.
Specialty: Fine Art
David Barnett is an artist, collector, appraiser, and gallery owner in Milwaukee, WI. His passion for art started at the mere age of five and at the age of nineteen he pursued a career in the field by opening a gallery. Since its opening in 1966, The David Barnett Gallery has flourished to become Wisconsin's premier gallery and has the most diverse range of art available in any Wisconsin gallery, including works of art that represent more than 600 artists. The gallery also offers custom framing, art appraisals, installation services, consulting services and more. David Barnett has been appraising art as an accredited member of the Appraisers Association of America since 1975 and he is one of approximately only 2,000 personal property appraisers in the United States with the Uniformed Standards of Professional Appraiser Practice Certification.
The David Barnett Gallery specializes in European and American masters, regional and nationally recognized artists, and "emerging" Wisconsin artists. Latin American, Asian, and African American artists also adorn the gallery along with Ethnographic art from Africa, Indonesia, and Oceania. The gallery has a national reputation for its extensive collection of Picasso ceramics and Milton Avery oil paintings.
Specialty: Furniture and Decorative Arts
Susan Hunter is the Director of Appraisals at Winston Art Group, a leading art appraisal and advisory firm with offices in New York, Palm Beach, Boston, Houston, Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles. Susan has more than 20 years of appraisal and auction experience. She specializes in American, English, and Continental Fine and Decorative Arts, and in 20th Century and Contemporary Design. She began appraising in 2003 after having worked as a furniture and decorative arts specialist at Sotheby’s in New York and at Sloan’s auction house outside of Washington, D.C. Susan is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of American. She serves on their Board of Directors, is the co-chair of the Admissions Committee and a member of the Education Committee. She is an instructor for the Appraisers Association of America’s Comprehensive Appraisal Studies Program (CASP) and an adjunct instructor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Bard Graduate Center in the History of Decorative Arts, Design and Material Culture, a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, and a Certificate in Appraisal Studies from New York University. She has appeared as an appraiser on HGTV’s television show “At the Auction,” and she has served as an expert witness in the decorative arts field.
Specialty: Fine Art
Kelly Luchini is a USPAP certified fine art appraiser who is knowledgeable in all areas of art appraisal from the legal and ethical aspects to the IRS legal guidelines in valuation. She has been professionally involved in the arts for 20 years after graduating with a BFA in Fine and Commercial Art from Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Mrs. Luchini acquired credentials to appraise art from NYU’s Appraisal Studies Program for Fine and Decorative Arts. Her training took place in such esteemed locations such as Sotheby’s, Doyle’s Auction House, Swann Auction Galleries, Hirschl & Adler, Beauvais Carpet and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mrs. Luchini’s career in the art world began with the prestigious David Barnett Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The David Barnett Gallery represents over 600 artists and has a national reputation for its extensive collection of Picasso ceramics and Milton Avery oil paintings. Simultaneously exploring her own artistic accomplishments and gallery pursuits eventually brought her to South Florida in 2001 where she held the position of Gallery Director at Studio E Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens for ten years. Studio E Gallery focuses on contemporary fine art, three-dimensional media and sculpture with a warm spotlight for southeastern artists of note. She launched her endeavors of concierge fine art and appraisal services at Butenhoff Fine Art & Appraisal Services, LLC in 2004. In 2014 she was brought on as an independent consultant for Gurr Johns, global leaders in art appraisal and acquisition services.
In early 2015 Mrs. Luchini expanded her team with the addition of Sarah Brill, a USPAP certified fine art appraiser known for expertise in 19th Century American Impressionism, as well as Russian Impressionism; a perfect compliment to Mrs. Luchini’s specialty in Contemporary Art.
Over the past twenty years, she has developed an expertise in logistics of the primary and secondary market, curated various shows, and consulted for numerous private and corporate collections. Recent projects have included: Intech Investment Management LLC, The World of Residensea, Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club and Chubb Insurance.
Mrs. Luchini serves on the Board of Directors at the Armory Art Center.
Ms. Utley’s career in the jewelry business began with Fishel and Dowdy Jewelers in the Fort Myers/Naples, Florida area. Working with Jerry N. Franklin who was a master Horologist (Tiffany & Co.), Certified Gemologist (American Gem Society), and Member of the Gemological Association of Great Britain started her passion for the jewelry industry. During these early years Ms. Utley was able to work with fine jewelry, manufacturing, and estate resales. Her years with Fishel and Dowdy and their collaborative effort secured a National Diamond Design award from DeBeers. Working with Fishel and Dowdy she traveled extensively to jewelry shows as a buyer and returned to follow up in marketing, merchandising, and display.
During her career, Ms. Utley was a purchasing agent for jewelry and watch lines such as: Rolex and Cellini, Movado, Omega, Girard Perregaux, Cyma, Baume & Mercier, Patek Philippe, and many more.
Jewelry lines: Old World Chain, Dankner, Oscar Heyman, Trillos, Kurt Wayne, Gemveto, Honora, Krementz, Schuler McTeigue, Gem Platinum, Robert Fisher, Jabel, Nova Styling, Miller and Viet, Lazare Kaplan,Craig Drake, Larter, Felger, Louis Tamis, David Friedman, Goldman, and so many more.
In addition to working with jewelry, the stores where she worked carried fine lines of domestic and imported china, crystal, and silver. Some of these collectables were Dunhill, Lalique, Boehm, Baccarat, St Louis, Oreffors, Royal Doulton, Minton, Spode, Waterford, Wedgwood, Staffordshire, Hutschenreuther, and Limoges. Some of the domestic manufacturers were Lenox, Fostoria, Gorham, Kirk Steiff, Reed and Barton, Lunt, International Silver, Empire Silver and Charles Thomae. Ms. Utley started her appraising career with silver appraisals in store. With Fishel and Dowdy Jewelers Ms. Utley studied to become a gemologist and starting assisting with appraisal work. In addition to Jerry Franklin, his son James worked in the manufacturing arm, and his son Jack was a designer, buyer, and estate specialist having completed his education with Sotheby’s in London. Working with this trio rounded her education in gemology, appraising, buying, executions, and production of one-of-a-kind jewelry designs. Ms. Utley became a gemologist in March of 1989.
After becoming a Certified Gemologist (American Gem Society) Ms. Utley worked with several stores in the Palm Beach area, doing appraisals, purchasing, and re-sales. In addition to the jewelry experience she set up boutique operations for charitable organizations to re-sale jewelry, collectables, furniture, antiques, and clothing. As owner and operator of Bottega Antica on Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, she consigned and purchased estates of antiques, collectables, jewelry, china, silver, glass, furniture, furnishings, and paintings.
Ms. Utley brings with her over 30 years of experience in the Jewelry and Appraisal industry. Originally starting with the International Society of Appraisers Core Courses to today’s highest honor of Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser with the American Gem Society.
The American Gem Society founded in 1934 is dedicated to Consumer Protection and the sister organization of The Gemological Institute of America.
Specialty: Generalist Appraiser
Stuart Whitehurst is the co-founder and co-owner of Marvin & Whitehurst Appraisal Group, Inc. He is a twenty-eight year veteran of the auction industry, having worked at Sotheby's in New York and most recently spent sixteen years with the prestigious New England auction house of Skinner, Inc. based in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Stuart is a familiar face on the popular PBS television series "Antiques Roadshow", and has also appeared in numerous national and regional television and radio broadcasts, speaking about the world of antiques and collecting.
Stuart is a generalist appraiser, with extensive knowledge of American, British and European furniture and decorations and fine art ranging from the 17th through the 20th centuries. His range of expertise also encompasses an extensive knowledge of fine books, rare manuscripts and maps.