Meet the Magnussons

Lynn Magnusson, ASA, AAA has provided IRS qualified, USPAP compliant appraisals and fiduciary brokerage services to clients for over 20 years. Lynn is one of the few appraisers in the country to belong to both the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and the Appraisers Association of America (AAA). She is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (Antiques & Decorative Art) and Certified Member (Personal Property) for both institutions. In addition, Lynn is a long-time Board of Trustees member of the American Society of Appraiser’s Northern NJ Chapter. Lynn graduated from the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University. She is a sports fan, enjoys working out and can make a mean playlist for any occasion.

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Drew Magnusson has provided IRS qualified, USPAP compliant appraisals and fiduciary brokerage services to clients for over 20 years. Drew is a full-time research analyst of fine and decorative arts. He hones his connoisseurship skills by studying objects, mediums, artists, makers, history and sales results achieved at different marketplaces. Drew continues his connoisseurship and appraisal science education by participating in events sponsored by fine and decorative art museums and the American Society of Appraisers. From working with top auction specialists, he is an expert at consigning to private dealers on behalf of his clients. As a lover of the outdoors, Drew enjoys bird watching, fishing, kayaking and hiking all over the east coast.

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Lauren Magnusson was in kindergarten when Personal Property Consultants was incorporated by Drew and Lynn. She grew up immersed in the world of art, antiques and fine objects; she spent countless hours with Lynn in New York’s finest museums and snacked in the back while Drew auctioned at the podium. A double major in History and Political Science at Rutgers University helped her develop historical perspectives, negotiating and sales skills. Lauren studied Art and Architecture in Berlin, Germany and followed her mother’s lead by completing the New York University Appraisal Studies Program. She manages and oversees all Magnusson on-site sales and is a generalist home contents appraiser with USPAP compliancy.

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Leslie Picinich has been the Magnusson’s client manager since 2001. She will help you define your project’s goals and guide you through the appraisal and consignment process. Leslie has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her two Bichons, Polly and Sasha, have become unofficial team members and gallery guards. Leslie enjoys gardening both at home and at the gallery.

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John Viebrock has a Masters degree in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University and a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from Kutztown University. He is currently finishing the School of Professional Studies certification in appraisals for Fine & Decorative Arts from New York University School. His interests include history and archaeology. John is a a generalist home contents appraiser for the Magnussons and maintains USPAP compliancy.

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Lori Fedkenheuer is our marketing expert, Realtor liaison, and an invaluable member of the estate sales team. The energy and humor she brings to each estate sale make our customers feel like part of the team and encourage everyone to find new treasures.

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Becky Lipnick graduated from Bard College in May 2014 with a degree in Literature. As Communications Coordinator, Becky oversees the Magnusson’s website, marketing strategy, and social media presence in addition to assisting with appraisals and estate sales.

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David Wolf is a third generation gemologist and a published expert on Reproduction versus Antique Diamonds, Gemstones and Jewelry. Certified by the American Society of Appraisers as an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), he earned their prestigious Master Gemologist Appraiser designation in 1995. Mr. Wolf has been a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America since 1985.

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Donna Thompson Ray is a Candidate Member of the American Society of Appraisers. Her areas of expertise are African, Caribbean and African-American Art and Photography. She is currently a Ph.D candidate at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Ms. Thompson Ray is a former fine art photographer and gallery manager (London, UK). She has published articles on collecting and appraising fine art, and African-American art & photography. She is an associate appraiser for the Magnusson Group for over five years.

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Jane St. Lifer has over 36 years of experience in the international art world. She has previously served as the Director of several galleries in New York, New Jersey, and Arizona.  Ms. St. Lifer received a BFA from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and an MA from New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ.  She is associated and holds memberships with the American Society of Appraiser, International Foundation of Art Research, Auctioneers Association Inc, National Arts Club and Friends of British Sporting Art.  In 2008 St. Lifer was Project Coordinator of Will Barnet Catalogue Raisonne. Jane lives in NYC and her enthusiasm for the arts is contagious.

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Catharine Vaughan, a retired litigation attorney, has pursued her lifelong interest in the decorative arts, particularly American furniture, for over 35 years.  After retirement from the practice of law, Catharine did field work examining and cataloguing 17th and 18th century furniture for The Boston Furniture Archive, a project of a consortium of museums under the auspices of the renowned Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware.  She obtained her Certificate in Appraisal Studies from New York University and a Certificate in Decorative Arts from the Winterthur Institute in 2015.  She continues to develop her skills through informal study, travel, and regular attendance at seminars given by nationally recognized experts in the decorative arts.  Catharine is an associate member of the American Appraisers Association.  By appointment of the former governor Christine Todd Whitman, Catharine served on the New Jersey Commemorative Coin Commission that designed the 1999 New Jersey quarter.

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Jay Chatellier has helped clients with their fine arts needs for almost 30 years. He specializes in 19th and 20th century American and European artworks, with an emphasis on quality and value. Jay now leads the Florida branch of The Magnusson Group.

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Magnusson Estate Services would be nothing without its Estate Sale Support Team. From office management to estate sales customer service, the Magnusson Support Team is a eclectic collection of skilled professionals. Katie Barry, Leading Estate Sales Consultant, always brightens our estate sales with her friendly and professional demeanor. Kevin Eric Magnusson continually bring their courteous sales and moving assistance to our estate sales, brokerages and ‘clean-sweeps’ with the help of Danny Fedkenheuer. Lois Steidle & Carol Wegner offer customers courteous and exceptional service. Mike Karr is the newest member of our estate services team with extensive expertise in internet sales.

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