GARY M. PIATTONI
Gary Piattoni Decorative Arts, Inc., President
- Full Service Art and Antiques Appraisals and Consulting
- Acquisitions Consultant
Northwestern University, School of Continuing Studies, Instructor
- Instructor and Program Advisor for the Fine and Decorative Art Appraisal and Connoisseurship Professional Development Program, classes taught include, English Furniture and Tomorrow’s Antiques
Butterfields, an eBay Company, Director of Business Development
August 2001-January 2002
Responsible for leading Butterfields business development strategy in the Midwest.
- Initiated and closed Multimillion dollar consignment with well known multimedia company
- Generated Appraisals, devised and executed local marketing strategy
Eppraisals.com, Executive Vice President
September 1999-June 2001
One of the 5 founding members of Eppraisals.com, the largest online appraisal service for identification and valuation of fine art, antiques, and collectibles.
- Built and directed a network of over 750 experts in 300 collecting categories, wrote, edited and oversaw quality control of the Eppraisal product
- Creating strategies and ideas for integrating this service with eBay, Yahoo, the insurance industry, trust and estate attorneys and offline appraisal organizations
Christie's Chicago, Senior Vice President, Midwest Managing Director
August 1998-August 1999
Responsible for Midwest business development over a 14 state area.
- Provided Christie’s auction and appraisal services to museums and institutions throughout the Midwest, including The Columbus Museum of Art, Terra Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art and The Detroit Institute of Arts
- Architected a new management structure and public relations strategy
- Experience in client management and troubleshooting client problems
Christie's New York, Vice President, Director of Operations
June 1997-August 1998
Responsible for entire auction and saleroom logistics, including property handling and tracking, and catalogue production and distribution.
- Led team of business analysts in projects designed to increase efficiencies and reduce fixed costs, including saving over a half a million dollars in unrecovered shipping charges through modernization of the billing practices; and saving a quarter of a million dollars a year on storage costs by implementing an aggressive property management system
- Worked as part of the 6-person construction project team as Christie’s built its flagship headquarters at Rockefeller Center
Christie's East New York, Director, European Furniture and Decorative Arts
August 1994-May 1997
Acted as both manager and appraiser of monthly sales of decorative arts, which included such high profile sales as: European Decorative Arts from the Collection of Norma Kamali; Property of Donald J. Trump from the Mansion of Seven Springs; European Decorative Arts form the Collection of Countess Gozzi, Former Head of Fortuny, Inc.
- Directed a 5-member department that tripled gross sales in three years
- Wrote and edited new business proposals for a variety of public and private collections, including: the collection of Cliff Peterson, American Patent Models 1836-1899; Property of the Heirs of Janet Auchincloss from Hammersmith Farm
- Extensive experience with client management and troubleshooting
- Experience appraising European Decorative Arts, Militaria and Scientific Instruments
- Wrote catalogue entries and articles for Christie’s International Magazine, performed lectures and lead discussion groups
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, Director of Operations
December 1988-July 1994
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was the largest auction house in the Midwest before being sold to Sotheby’s in 1997. Rose from property handler to Director of Operations in less than two years. During this time significantly increased the sales volume capacity by expanding and reorganizing the storage areas, hired and trained qualified staff, and streamlined workflow.
- Oversaw saleroom logistics and auction workflow for a company that sold over 12,000 lots per year, having an average gross sales total of $10 million per year
- Appraised a wide range of decorative arts including: The Property of Al Capone from his home in Palm Island, Florida; Property from the estate of John Belushi
New York University, Certificate in Appraisals Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts, 1997
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts, 1986
The University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts, Geophysical Sciences, 1983
Nationally recognized expert in art and antiques, with appearances on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, ABC’s The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s The Maury Povich Show, WGN Radio’s Milt Rosenberg Extension 720 and the BBC. Also have contributed to numerous articles in such publications as New York Magazine, Town & Country, Sync and Design Times.