Heritage Auctions Appraisal Services
|Meredith Meuwly, ISA CAPP|
Director, Appraisal Services, Dallas
Museum, Institutional and Corporate Art Services
800-872-6467 Ext. 1631
Meredith earned her Bachelor's degree in Classical Studies and Art History from Duke University in 2000, and a Master's degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie's Education in New York in 2001. She spent the next five years in the Christie's New York Antiquities Department as sale coordinator and cataloguer of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern works of art. During her time at Christie's, she worked on numerous high profile auctions including the Doris Duke Estate, Ancient Egyptian Art from the Harer Family Trust, and the John W. Kluge Morven Collection of Ancient Art.
Meredith joined Heritage Auctions in 2007 as Senior Consignment Director in the Fine & Decorative Arts Department, overseeing two auctions each year. In January 2010, she became the Director of Appraisal Services, preparing formal appraisals for 39 specialist categories.
In addition to her duties at Heritage, Meredith participates as an appraiser for Antiques Roadshow on PBS, specializing in Glass, Silver, and Decorative Arts. Meredith is a certified appraiser of personal property with the International Society of Appraisers. She serves on the ISA Fine Art committee and is an executive board member of the Foundation for Appraisal Education. Meredith is also an instructor for the ISA Fine Art Course and a guest lecturer at museums, institutions, conferences, and multiple civic organizations. In 2015, she was honored with the ISA Distinguished Service Award for her contributions and dedication to the field of personal property appraisals.
Trusts & Estates and Business Development, New York
800-872-6467 Ext. 1369
Elyse Luray served as the Vice President, Auctioneer and department head of Collectibles for Christie's for more than 10 years after earning a degree in art history from New Orleans' Tulane University. Since then she has collaborated and consulted with a number of specialty auction houses, handling high-profile auctions ranging from antique toys to sports collectibles and fine wine. The roster of important private collections she has managed include the archives of Lucas Films, DreamWorks, Fox Studios, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali, Eric Clapton, Marilyn Monroe, and Mickey Mantle.
Elyse is also the nationally-recognized host of numerous television programs on collectibles, such as HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk" and "The Longest Yard Sale," as an appraiser on PBS's "Antiques Roadshow" and as a permanent cast member of its popular "History Detectives." She quickly earned roles as host of "Collection Intervention" on the Syfy network, "Treasure Seekers" on VOOM!, and as a collectibles expert on "The Nate Berkus Show" and "Clean House NY!" as well as several appearances on morning television programs.
She is also an author, speaker and a licensed auctioneer in New York. A member of the Appraisers Association of America, Elyse is a USPAP-certified appraiser of Entertainment memorabilia and a preferred appraiser for both the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and Encompass Insurance.
General Manager, Chicago
800-872-6467 Ext. 1759
Roberta Kramer, General Manager, Chicago, is a 25-year veteran of the art and antiques world. Before beginning her career in auctions, she spent two years curating for the Ben Uri Art Society in London. Returning stateside, Roberta served as Gallery Director for J. Rosenthal Fine Art until her interest in Continental Antiques led her to a management position at Rita Bucheit, Ltd.
In 1992, with her extensive knowledge of fine art and antiques, Roberta started her auction career at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as an account executive. In 1995, after taking a leave to found the Antiques Center at Kinzie Square, she was named Consignment Director of newly formed Chicago auction house, Susanins Auctions. While at Susanins she also managed the appraisal department and served as principal auctioneer alongside Sean Susanin.
In 2001 she founded Roberta Kramer & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in appraisals and art consulting. A recognized USPAP certified appraiser and auctioneer, Roberta has served as a charity auctioneer for numerous charities and has been a frequent contributor to Art & Antiques Magazine.
Director, Fine Jewelry, Palm Beach
800-872-6467 Ext. 1146
Before joining Heritage, Tracy originally hailed from the Buffalo, New York area and was working toward a BA in Art History at SUNY Buffalo before she was given an opportunity to start her career in Jewelry at Sotheby's in NYC. Over 22 years, Tracy developed her expertise in jewelry while heading various departments. As an auctioneer, she proudly auctioned the estates of Ella Fitzgerald and George Burns among others, and was an integral player for the jewelry in auctions for the Duchess of Windsor, Andy Warhol and Jackie Kennedy Onassis while at Sotheby's.
Tracy left Sotheby's to open her own jewelry brokerage business and do what she loves — helping clients refine their collections by adding to them or selling their unworn or unwanted pieces. Among her accomplishment, she spearheaded the sale of the estate of Marge Kelly's jewelry collection at public auction for $8 million. In addition, she opened and ran a Palm Beach buying office for a New York firm (CIRCA) for six years.
For the past four years, Tracy has returned to run her own business in Palm Beach, assisting clients in all areas of art and antique collecting, whether through formal appraisals, buying or selling, and using her network of allied professionals and collectors to achieve the best financial outcome for her clients. Additionally, she is USPAP certified to ensure compliance with today's insurance and IRS requirements.
Director, Fine Jewelry, Beverly Hills
800-872-6467 Ext. 1153
With work in the retail, auction and manufacturing sectors of the jewelry industry since 1989, Gina D'Onofrio's experience encompasses jewelry design and production, appraisals, buying and selling of contemporary, antique and period jewelry, sales and management.
Prior to joining Heritage, Gina operated an independent gemological laboratory, appraisal service and consulting firm and has been catering to private individuals, banks, trusts, non-profit organizations, insurance companies, legal firms and the jewelry trade in the greater Los Angeles area.
Gina received her Master Gemologist Appraiser® designation, upon completion of appraisal studies, written and practical examinations and peer appraisal report review with the American Society of Appraisers. In addition, she was awarded the Certified Master Appraiser designation with the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. In 2013, Gina received Los Angeles Magazine's coveted "Best in LA" award for her Jewelry Appraisal Services.
She conducts presentations and speeches about appraisal and jewelry related topics to private and corporate groups in the Los Angeles area. Gina is currently serving as Gems and Jewelry Education Chair for the American Society of Appraisers and co-instructor for their Appraisal Report Writing For Insurance Coverage course.
• Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA)
• Fellow of The Gemological Association of Australia (FGAA)
• Certified Master Appraiser of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA)
• Accredited Senior Gemologist, Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA)
• Member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, (NAWCC)
• Accredited Senior Member & Master Gemologist Appraiser®, (ASA)
Director, Fine Jewelry, San Francisco
800-872-6467 Ext. 1135
Mr. Shemonsky has worked within the jewelry industry throughout his professional career in retailing, design, manufacturing and the auction business. He holds a B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Art a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.
Prior to joining Heritage, he ran his own by-appointment appraisal and jewelry business in San Francisco, Ca. He is the former director for the international jewelry buying company CIRCA in San Francisco and Hong Kong. Previously he was the director of the fine jewelry and timepiece department of Bonham's auction house for North America.
He is the course writer and instructor for the International Society of Appraisers course on Antique and Period Jewelry. In addition, he is a nationally recognized lecturer and writer on antique and period jewelry, and one of the founding board members for the American Society of Jewelry Historians West Coast chapter and has been a featured appraiser with the Antiques Roadshow for the past 16 years.
Director of Asian Operations, Hong Kong
Kenneth Yung joined Heritage Auctions as Director of Asian Operations after building a career in numismatics as one of the most active dealers in the Hong Kong and China markets. In addition to accepting consignments for upcoming Heritage auctions, he will be responsible for all Hong Kong office operations. Kenneth began to develop a strong interest in collecting older items as a child, which eventually led to collecting coins and banknotes during his high school years, and owning a retail business in Hong Kong during the 1990's.
He has been a full-time dealer since 2002 and PCGS, NGC & PMG authorized dealer since 2012. A committee member of the Hong Kong Numismatic Society and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Stamp and Coin Dealer Association, Kenneth is the organizer of the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF), which is held each June and December.
Managing Director, Europe Office
Jacco Scheper started collecting coins and stamps in 1977 at the age of 7. After graduating from the famous international Business University Nijenrode in 1991, Jacco held various management positions. In 1996 he and Huib Pelzer acquired coin show organizer MPO, and eventually transformed it into an auction and trading company. MPO held its first auction in 1999. Within a few years MPO became the leading auction house for coins, banknotes and stamps in the Netherlands, and expanded its auction activities to other collectibles from 2011 onwards. In 2015 MPO's superb reputation for integrity and expertise caught the attention of the owners of Heritage Auctions, which acquired MPO and its entire staff and rebranded it as Heritage Auctions Europe.
In 2006 Jacco was voted onto the board of the NVMH (Dutch association of Coin Dealers), and elected President of the board in 2009, serving a 6 year term ending in 2012. In 2015 he became President again. Jacco also serves as one of the experts of the NVMH Committee for Numismatic Certification. He also served as a member of the board of SBN (Foundation to Promote Numismatics) from 2006 until 2015, is one of the judges of Krause's COTY (Coin Of The Year - Award), and holds memberships in TMV (Association for Registered Appraisers), Hobéon — recognized — and KGMPK (Royal Society for Coins and Medals).
Jacco is conversant in English, French, Dutch/Flemish and German.
800-872-6467 Ext. 1109
Courtney Christy has worked in auction houses, museums, and galleries, all of which have provided great opportunities to examine works ranging from the antique to the contemporary closely. After earning a bachelor's degree in art history from University College Cork in Ireland, she studied 20th century design at the Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. She then pursued a master's degree in the history of decorative arts at Smithsonian Associates / Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, D.C. One of her favorite experiences was working as a fellow at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
While finishing graduate school, her auction career began as a Jr. Decorative Arts specialist at The Potomack Company. After returning home to Atlanta, Courtney worked for the Bonhams and Butterfields regional office and later became a fine and decorative arts specialist at Great Gatsby's Auction Gallery. Her interest in appraising led to establishing her own firm which provided appraisal and consultation services throughout the Southeast. In addition, Courtney is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers, an accredited member of the Appraisers Association of America, and in compliance with USPAP. She currently serves on the board of the Foundation for Appraisal Education.
800-872-6467 Ext. 1587
Sophie Coco is the Appraisal Assistant for Heritage Auctions Appraisal Services, Inc. She earned a bachelor's degree in Art History and French with a concentration in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware in 2016. While an undergraduate, she held multiple internships at museums including at the New York State Museum in Albany, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York and University of Delaware Museum of African American Art. She broadened her experiences at Skinner, Inc. in Boston working for the Auction Management group and Freeman's in Philadelphia as an intern in the Modern and Contemporary Art Department.