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Meet Our Appraisers
Sara C. Wishart, GG, AAA, is an independent appraiser and consultant of antiques, jewelry, and personal property. She is a generalist appraiser with extensive knowledge of decorative arts and furniture, with specialties in silver and jewelry.
Sara has been in the antiques business since 1997. She began her career with a 14-year stint at the New England auction house, Skinner Inc., where she was Director of the Fine Silver Department, Deputy Director of the Fine Books & Manuscripts Department, and a specialist in European furniture and decorations.
Sara has worked as an independent appraiser since 2011. She is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and is current in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the Congressionally-recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation.
Holding a Master’s degree (M.Phil) in furniture and decorative arts from the University of Glasgow, and a Graduate Gemologist degree (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America, Sara brings a genuine enthusiasm for all types of antiques and jewelry to her appraisal and consulting practice. While based in Florida, Sara enjoys travel, and is available for appraisal, research, writing, and consulting work throughout the country.
Colleene Fesko is a Boston-based, fine art and antiques appraiser and broker. Most recently as a consultant with Christie’s American Painting Department, her experience includes more than two decades at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers. She has worked with major public and private clients and institutions in the acquisition, installation, appraisal (insurance, estate, gift tax and fair market value), and liquidation of their holdings. Through this experience, she has developed a keen awareness of the volatile art market in all its forms.
Ms. Fesko is also in demand for personal appearances and has appeared on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and as a guest on the New England news and entertainment shows Chronicle Magazine and Greater Boston. She has taught art history and she writes and lectures widely on art and the art market for such venues as the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her topics have included Bulls and Bears in the China Shop/The Art Market No. Colleene Fesko speaks often at non-profit organizations, supporting their efforts in fundraising and member participation.
Linda Dyer brings over 30 years of experience in evaluating, authenticating, buying and selling American Indian art and ethnographica to her business as an independent appraiser, consultant and broker of fine art and antiques.
Ms. Dyer spent 12 years as the Director of the American Indian Art Department at a major American auction house. At this world renown fine arts and antiques venue, she developed a Native American art department that achieved international recognition in sales and refinement of the Native art market.
Her career in the field began in the late 1970s at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Ethnology, where she participated in the development of a highly successful retail gallery within the institution.
Ms. Dyer’s professional activities serving institutions and individuals have included appraisals of a variety of materials including Eskimo, American West and Spanish Colonial art, related photography, books, and fine art.
Stuart Whitehurst is an independent appraiser and consultant of antiques and personal property. Stuart is a 28-year veteran of the auction industry, and is a generalist appraiser with extensive knowledge of American and European furniture, decorative arts of all types, including ceramics and silver, as well as fine art. Mr. Whitehurst has appeared in numerous national and regional television and radio broadcasts, speaking about the world of antiques and collecting.
Whitehurst is also a licensed freelance auctioneer, and is much in demand as an auctioneer, speaker, and appraiser. He loves sharing his passion for history and antiques with others, and takes part in numerous not-for-profit appraisal days and charity auctions throughout the year. He is happy to receive inquiries as to how his expertise and experience can benefit an organization.
Fascinated since childhood with history and antiques, one of his specialties is books and manuscripts.
Although based in Florida, Mr. Whitehurst enjoys travel, and is available for appraisal and consulting work throughout the country. He works with fellow appraiser, Sara Wishart. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.