Appraisal Day Sponsored by Skinner, Inc.

Join us for Appraisal Day, Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 12pm - 6pm in room D-234 sponsored by Skinner, Inc. Just enter through the Hall D Lobby and take the escalators upstairs.

Bring in a special item and an appraiser from the auction house Skinner Inc. will provide an unbiased, expert opinion of a collectible or antique. Based on details you provide, the appraiser will return a detailed evaluation of your item which includes a verbal estimated range of its fair market value. No written valuations will be given.

Limit one item per attendee. Free appraisal for valid ticket holders only.

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Meet the Appraisers

Stuart Slavid      

Stuart Slavid joined Skinner in 1989 as director of the Fine Ceramics department, specializing in English and Continental ceramics of the 18th through 20th centuries. Stuart is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on Wedgwood pottery, and his life-long passion for English pottery and ceramics characterizes the strength of Skinner’s fine ceramics department.

In addition, Stuart is a recognized expert in Asian material, particularly silver, porcelains and ivories. A former partner in his family’s antiques business, which specialized in European and Asian antiques, Stuart dealt in Chinese and Japanese furniture, paintings, porcelain, and silver starting in the early 1970s, and exhibited at major antique shows across the United States. In recent years, Stuart brought the Sataloff collection of Chinese export silver to auction. The sale of this exceptional collection, which Stuart built as a dealer earlier in his career, was a milestone for Skinner.

In 1993, Stuart was appointed director of Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts department. For the first four years of his tenure, this department also included Asian Works of Art. Under his stewardship, Asian art grew until it was spun off into its own department in 1997. Stuart also oversees the Silver department, which hosts bi-annual auctions with the best in American, English, Continental and Asian silver.

As a leading auctioneer and general appraiser at Skinner, Stuart often lectures, conducts benefit auctions, and can be seen regularly on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow. He belongs to a number of professional organizations, including the China Students’ Club of Boston, the Wedgwood Societies of New York and Boston, and is on the board of directors of the American Ceramic Circle and the Wedgwood International Seminar.

Stuart’s vast knowledge and experience have helped position Skinner as a major world force in the sale of fine European and Asian material to national and international clients alike.

Robin Starr   

As Director of American & European Works of Art, Robin Starr heads one of Skinner’s most important specialty departments. In this key role she oversees a staff of specialists who appraise and catalog prints, paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for a wide variety of Skinner clients, including arts and cultural institutions, estates, major collectors, and private individuals. She is also widely regarded as one of Skinner’s most vibrant and animated auctioneers, bringing an enthusiastic spirit to the podium at Skinner’s American & European Paintings & Prints auctions, held three times annually. Starr’s area of specialization is in American paintings and printsfrom the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Outside her role at Skinner, Starr is a major contributor to the success of Boston’s thriving arts and culture community. She conducts numerous benefit appraisal days, lectures, and benefit auctions throughout the year. Starr has lectured in art history at various colleges throughout New England, including as a Lecturer in Art History at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Starr joined Skinner in September of 1987 as a research and cataloguing assistant in the American & European Paintings & Prints Department. She received her M.A. in the History of Art, specializing in early medieval art, from Williams College. As an undergraduate, Starr combined an unusual double major in Art History and Physics through research in neutron activation autoradiography and its application in art historical research at Bates College.

Victoria Bratberg     

Victoria Bratberg is the Director of Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department. A respected jewelry and gem expert, she appraises and brings to auction all categories of fine jewelry from early nineteenth century to modern designs by contemporary artists. Victoria joined Skinner after serving as a buyer of fine jewelry, watches, and luxury goods for Circa Jewelry in New York.

Prior to Circa, Victoria led the Arcade Jewelry Department at Sotheby’s in New York. Promoted to head of the department after only one year, she used her sharp business acumen and deep understanding of this market to achieve record results, including the department’s first sale of more than $1 million.

Passionate about classic 1940s jewelry, Victoria started designing her own pieces inspired by the timeless, feminine styles of this period. She eventually left Sotheby’s to found Victoria Bratberg Jewelry, successfully developing and marketing her own line of jewelry.

Victoria holds a bachelor of arts degree in the history of art from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She is also a Graduate Gemologist, having received her training from the Gemological Institute of America in New York. She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Gloria Lieberman    

Gloria Lieberman is one of the world’s renowned experts on antique jewelry. She founded Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department in 1980 and served as director for 31 years. Her skillful marketing and management of the department resulted in the achievement of international world record prices for estate and heirloom jewelry, gaining valuable recognition for Skinner. Gloria is also a leading auctioneer and appraiser at Skinner and responsible for a wide range of marketing activities throughout the country.

A frequent lecturer, Gloria has participated in many educational seminars including the University of Maine’s Antique Jewelry Seminar and New York University’s Jewelry Appraisers Conference in Tucson, Arizona, and has been invited to speak on behalf of the Society of Jewelry Historians at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In addition, she has discussed artist-designed jewelry before the New York University Jewelry Studies Program and the New York State Appraisers Association. Locally, Gloria has lectured for the Boston Center for Adult Education, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Harvard University’s Extension Program, Brandeis University, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) Decorative Arts program.

Her television appearances include the BBC’s The Great Antiques Hunt, the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow, and the Boston-based series “Chronicle”. Gloria has interviewed with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine, Maine Antique Digest, and other art and antique publications.

April Matteini    

As the Regional Director for Florida, April Matteini provides appraisal services and manages client relations with individuals, fiduciaries, not-for-profit organizations, and museums in Florida and the Southeastern United States. With more than twenty years of appraisal experience, she is at home evaluating and consulting on a range of material, from individual pieces of fine jewelry to entire estates.

Prior to Skinner, April was the Founder and Managing Member of A. Matteini & Co. LLC, an independent jewelry appraisal service specializing in modern and antique fine jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, and watches. In this role, she provided comprehensive appraisal and gemological services to leading retailers, attorneys, trust and estate professionals, and private collectors throughout South Florida.

From 1998 to 2000, she served as an Antique Jewelry Specialist for J. & S.S. DeYoung, Inc. in Boston, appraising and evaluating high-end antique and estate jewelry. In 1993, April began her career at Skinner. Starting as an auction assistant, she later served in the appraisal department, handling prospective client inquiries pertaining to all types of material. She subsequently served as the assistant to the director of the Fine Jewelry Department, starting her career as a fine jewelry appraiser.

April earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Saint Lawrence University. She later attended the Corso di Antiquariato e Mercatistica, a professional program in antiques and marketing, at the Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro in Florence, Italy; and she earned her Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in 2000, later completing extra certifications in pearl and cut grading. April resides in Miami with her family.