Appraisers

Martine White

Martine White, of Bernards Appraisal Associates is a Senior Certified Appraiser of Antiques & Decorative Arts and Residential Contents with the American Society of Appraisers and the Appraisers Association of America. Ms. White holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and has been appraising personal property in the metropolitan area since 1988.

As principal of Bernards Appraisal Associates, in Gladstone, NJ, she and her associates provide comprehensive certified appraisal documents for insurance scheduling, relocation, damage/loss claims, estate planning and tax purposes, as well as prenuptial agreements and marital dissolution. Her clients include not only prominent families of the Somerset Hills, but major banks and trust companies, law firms and insurers such as Chubb, Fireman’s Fund, AIG, Marsh, Allstate and State Farm. Currently, BAA has been selected as the exclusive silver appraisers for the United States branch of Christofle. Martine and her associates specialize in appraising antique furniture, silver, paintings, decorative art and Oriental rugs.

John White

As Managing Partner of Bernards Appraisal Associates, Mr. White oversees and manages all marketing communications and sales efforts for the company. He brings a wealth of expertise to this role having had 20+ years of experience serving the sales development, marketing, creative and operational needs of major publishing companies, including Dow Jones and Company, The New York Times magazine group and American Express.

John also contributes to the knowledge-base of the appraisers in the organization having received an education in art (BA, University of New Hampshire) and masters in design (MS, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY), as well as having won numerous awards in graphic design from The American Institute of Graphic Arts, Art Direction Magazine, Print Magazine and the Association of Graphic Arts among others.

As a classic car appraiser and enthusiast, John has published articles on the subject and continues work on his 356 Porsche in his free time.

He continues his education in appraisal studies, having been USPAP certified in March of 2004 – and is now working towards receiving his Certificate for Appraisal Studies from New York University.

Professional associations and affiliations include: The Financial Communications Society (former Board Member and Web Site Committee Chair), The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Somerset Hills Historical Society.

Liberty Yerkes

Liberty’s lifelong passion for the fine and decorative arts is reflected in her BA in European history (Bennington College), MA in the Decorative Arts (Cooper Hewitt), Certificate in Fine and Decorative Arts Appraisal Studies (NYU), and USPAP certification (AAA, 2012).

As a senior appraiser and damage/loss specialist at O’Toole-Ewald Art Associates, Inc. (New York City) for six years, she drew on her expertise in American and European fine and decorative arts including furniture, ceramics, glass, and designer clothing. Prior to that she was an auction assistant for Phillips de Pury Auctions (New York City) and Lincoln Galleries (Orange, NJ). Her graduate courses included extensive study abroad in England, France, Italy, and Germany. She stays abreast of the market in fine and decorative art by visiting museums, exhibitions, and art shows in New York City and abroad. She regularly attends lectures sponsored by the Association of American Appraisers, the Royal Oak Society for the study of British art and architecture, the Greenwich Antiques Society, and the Decorative Arts Trust.

Daniela Bazzini

Daniela’s valuable managerial and organizational skills and emerging expertise in the fine arts, developed through comprehensive academic study at Muhlenberg College, abroad in Italy, and at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, add depth and breadth to our appraisal practice.

Obtaining her BA in Art History from Muhlenberg College, Daniela has earned her MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art this spring. She has completed her USPAP certification through the Appraisers Association of America and her professional certificate in Appraisal Studies of Fine and Decorative Art at New York University.

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