Appraisers’ Registry is a primary appraisal resource for the greater Boston area as well as New England and New York that takes pride in delivering the highest quality product with the utmost integrity and trust.

Our Experts

Administrators

MICHAEL WYNNE-WILLSON, (1919-2013)

Michael founded the Appraisers’ Registry of New England in 1979 as testimony to his lifelong interest in Fine Arts. He was active in running operations until the Fall of 1999, retiring at age 85. Prior to his tenure at the Appraisers’ Registry, Michael was a WW11 Veteran serving with the Royal Air Force as a night fighter pilot. He came to the United States as an exchange student from England and went on to be a reporter and commentator for local, network and BBC radio and television. Later, he became the Public Relations Director to the New England Aquarium. He was an extraordinary man.

Caroline Savory

CAROLINE SAVORY, President

After graduating cum laude from Colby College in 1999, Caroline served as an executive recruiting associate in Portland, Maine and San Francisco, California. She also traveled extensively through South East Asia working in the non profit sector in Cambodia, absorbing the culture and experiencing Asian arts first-hand. She succeeded her mother, Charlotte Savory, in 2006 as President of The Appraisers’ Registry of New England.

Appraisers

  • JAY S. WILLIAMSON, Generalist Appraiser

    Jay S. Williamson’s qualifications as an appraiser of art and antiques include; curator of the Museum of Old Newbury, Cushing House Museum (a National Historic Landmark (1997-2014), Dealer of American and European fine art and antiques throughout the northeast including New York and New England and having done business throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia for over 25 years. He continually attends auctions, antique sales and seminars to apprise himself of trends and conditions in the fine art marketplace. In the past seven years, he has personally appraised and/ or cataloged over 32 million dollars in tangible personal property.

    He solidified his commitment to professionalism in the appraisal of tangible personal property with the completion of the required examination in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice a Congressionally recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and in The United States Court of Law.

  • STEVE SCHOFIELD, Specialist in Coins and Stamps

    Steve Schofield started collecting coins and stamps in the 1950’s. He sells more coins and stamps at auction in New England than any other firm and has been doing so for over 25 years. He attends many of the major shows across the country to keep on top the market. Steve takes continuing education seriously and goes to numerous seminars each year. A past president and treasurer of the National Auctioneers Association, he was inducted into the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 2003. Steve is also qualified as an expert witness who can testify in court.

  • Jeff Ira, Jewelry Appraiser

    Jeff Ira, G.G. has been a jewelry industry professional since 1979. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida, Tampa (1978) and received his Graduate Gemologist diploma from the world renowned Gemological Institute of America in 1986.

    Jeff has extensive experience in all areas of the jewelry industry. First, as General Manager of his family owned retail jewelry store in the greater Boston area. Then as an estate jewelry buyer, diamond grader and sorter for the Harry H. Solomon Co. in Boston. Later, Jeff was an award winning District Manager for Sterling, Inc., the world’s largest jewelry company. Then he became Long’s Jewelers’ appraiser for their multiple locations throughout New England.  Jeff brings great expertise to handle all jewelry appraisals for The Appraisers’ Registry.

  • Allyson Lee, Fine Art Appraiser

    Allyson has joined the Appraisers’ Registry after a twenty year career in the auction industry. After receiving her Master of Arts Degree in Art from Eastern Illinois University, she began her career in 1989 as a cataloguer and researcher of fine art at Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers. From 1995-2014, Allyson served Grogan and Company as Director of Fine Arts and Marketing, where she was responsible for the valuation of over 1,000 American and European works of art annually. . In addition to her twenty years of antique and fine art auction and appraisal experience, Allyson has completed and passed the 15-hour USPAP course offered through the American Society of Appraisers and is currently a candidate for membership.

  • MARTIN DEERAN, Specialist in Coins

    Martin has been active in the field of numismatics for thirty-five years. He travels Europe and the United States attending major auctions and conventions and holds memberships in a number of related professional associations. As part of The Appraisers’ Registry of New England team, he has completed appraisals for banks, law firms, universities, and auction houses.

  • GUY DILLAWAY, Specialist in Stamps

    Guy’s lifelong passion for rare stamps lead him to the Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum where he now resides as president. As past vice-president of the American Philatelic Society, he boasts memberships to the American Stamp Dealers Association, the American Philatelic Society, and the Postal History Society. He is an accredited national-level philatelic judge. He is also President and part owner of Britannia Ltd., a company dealing in the world history of postal service and stamps of the British Commonwealth and is a leader of Triad Publications, specialists in philatelic literature.

  • ALBERT FORD, Generalist Appraiser

    Albert offers fourty five years experience as a generalist appraiser. He is registered as an appraiser of antique household possessions to include furniture, silver, porcelain, paintings, metals and carpets and has attended the graduate program of 18th Century Porcelain in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum School. His client base includes museums, corporations, universities, historical societies, trust departments and major collectors throughout Europe and the United States. He is also a national lecturer on silver and porcelain and member of the Appraisers’ Association of America.

  • SUSAN FORSTER, Specialist in Paintings and Sculpture

    Susan has a masters degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, has completed all coursework towards her doctorate in modern art, and has held the position of Consulting Fine Arts Appraiser at Accredited Appraisal Associates in Raleigh, NC since 1992. While a graduate student she served as research assistant to Kirk Varnedoe of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Susan has also studied abroad in Germany and France. She completed New York University’s Appraisal Studies program in 1992. She has taught 18th, 19th and 20th century art at the university level.

  • LISA GREENBERG, Specialist in Paintings and Works on Paper

    Lisa has a Masters Degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a certificate degree in Fine Arts Appraising from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently working at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts as the Gallery Director in addition to working as an independent fine arts appraiser. She has over ten years of experience working as a curator of contemporary art at the DeCordova Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Currier Gallery of Art and Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. She serves on the board of the Weston Historical Society. She has been with the Appraisers’ Registry since early 2011.

  • ROBERT HARKEY, Specialist in Wines

    Robert has over twenty-five years of experience in wine evaluating. He is a graduate of the German Wine Academy in Kloster Eberbach, Germany and is widely respected within the European wine trade community. In addition, he was worked the cellars and tasting rooms of the United States, he hosted a call-in radio show on wines and foods, and, presently, he is featured on cable television with his show “Wining and Dining with Bob Harkey.”

  • ROBERT KLEIN, Art Photography Appraiser

    Robert Klein is a world renowned expert in the field of Fine Art Photography. He has acted as an advisor to the William H. Lane Collection and the Museum of Fine Arts. He has appraised photographs for the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. Robert is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and he served as President of its Board of Directors from 1995-2008.  The Robert Klein Gallery was established in 1980 and ranks among the world’s most prestigious showrooms of Fine Art Photography, He specializes in fine art photography and appraises individual photographs, artist’s estates, and entire collections for insurance or tax/donation purposes.

  • JOHN KREIS, Photography Specialist

    John, a graduate of both Northeastern University and New England School of Photography is a professional photographer based in Boston who along with collections documentation, specializes in architectural, interior and product photography. His expertise in lighting and composition assure care and precision in documenting and cataloguing works from the finest collections.

  • DAN LACROIX, Specialist in Antique Cars

    Dan is a Massachusetts-licensed automobile appraiser who has been involved with car collection since 1962. He operates a car collector business in southeastern Massachusetts where he does appraisals, restores, buys and sells antique and classic cars. He frequents major auctions and car shows throughout New England, Pennsylvania and California.

  • ROBERT LANDRY, Generalist Appraiser, Specialist in Oriental Carpets

    Robert has performed appraisal services for over fifteen years and runs a widely recognized auction house in business for forty years. His clients include attorneys, insurance companies, museums and individual collectors. His extensive travels in Europe and studies at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Vienna afford him an in-depth and wide swath of knowledge in decorative and fine arts.

  • MILLICENT MALI, Specialist in Quimper

    Collector of French folk ware pottery known as Quimper for over forty-five years, Millicent is the author of two books, Quimper Faience published in 1979 and French Faience published in 1986. She produces Old Quimper Review which is televised twice each year. She travels to France on buying and study trips and lectures to collectors’ groups.

  • JOHANNA MCBRIEN, Specialist in American Furniture, Dolls and Toys

    Johanna brings over twenty years experience in antiques to the appraisal field. Currently, she serves as editor-in-chief of The Catalogue of Antiques and Fine Art. Previously she was editor of AntiquesAmerica.com, worked in museums such as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in Boston, MA and the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA, auction houses to include Christies and Northeast Auctions and fifteen minutes as an appraiser on The Antiques Road Show. Johanna earned her masters degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and has attended the Attingham School for the English Country House. She publishes in the field and lectures on American furniture and decorative arts.

  • DENNIS MORTIMER, Asian Art

    Dennis has over thirty years of experience working with Asian Antiques, objects, porcelains, Japanese and especially Chinese Paintings ( consulting, advising, and appraising).  He began as a collector and refined his expertise through both formal and informal training. He has overseen sales and has conducted appraisals for many institutions such as the MFA, Boston, PEM, Salem, Worcester Art Museum, Sackler and Fogg Museums at Harvard, Cornell University, Duke University, and dozens more. Dennis has expertise in appraisals for Insurance and the IRS. He handles all Asian art appraisals for The Appraisers’ Registry.

  • MATTHEW NEEDLE, Specialist in Books

    Matthew received his masters degree in history from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA and has been a full-time antiquarian bookseller for over thirty-five years. He is a member of the Ephemera Society, Massachusetts-Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Ticknor Society, and the American Antiquarian Society where he has been an appraiser for many years.

  • STEPHEN O’BRIEN, Specialist in Decoys and American Sporting Arts

    Beginning his career in hunting decoys for a New England auction house and the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland and then as east coast representative for the Western Wildlife Gallery, Stephen went on to open his own gallery in Boston. He now brings over twelve years experience to the sporting art field with emphasis in antique decoys and paintings by America’s top sporting artists.

  • JOHN RODGERS, Generalist Appraiser, Specialist in Clocks and Watches

    As owner of a specialty antiques shop on Cape Cod and his work in jewelry sales and repair at Lux Bond while completing his masters degree in History at Trinity college, John brings over fifteen years of experience with fine clocks and watches to the appraisal field. He also serves as vice president of the Falmouth Historical Society, historian for the Marine Masonic Lodge, and member to the Appraisers Association of America. He is certified in USPAP and teaches courses in antiques.

  • KENNETH VAN BLARCOM, Specialist in Advertising Memorabilia

    Kenneth has been an active member of the appraisal and antique business for over fifteen years. His experience includes running the Boston office of Robert W. Skinner and employment with Shreve, Crump and Low in their antiques department. He is also a professional auctioneer on site and in gallery settings. Kenneth is vice president of his local historic society and serves on panels and lectures on the art and antiques market.

  • MARTIN WILLIS, Generalist Appraiser

    As a second-generation auctioneer and appraiser, Martin graduated from Missouri Auction school in 1977 and has over 40 years experience working at auctions and performing appraisals in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Colorado and California. He has been involved in appraising, cataloging and auctioning tens of thousands of antiques, collectibles and works of art. He handled the Josiah Bartlett Auction, signer of the Declaration in 1989, considered one of the most important historic auctions held in New England at the time.

    He was the exclusive appraiser for TV mogul Merv Griffin, who was a fine antique & art collector. This included all of Merv’s properties in California including his LaQuinta ranch as well as his Beverly Hills offices.Having a sincere passion for auctions, antiques, history, fine & decorative art, Martin Willis founded the Antique Auction Forum in August 2009. His ongoing efforts are to do his part in keeping the antique business alive with young people and to share his extensive knowledge.