The Potomack Team

Specialists | Regional Representatives


We have a team of leading specialists and consultants to evaluate and sell your property.


Owner & CEO—Elizabeth Haynie Wainstein

Sotheby’s, Christie’s, New York; fine art and antiques gallery, Washington, D.C.; director, George Washington University’s Appraisal Studies; Bachelor’s, Sweet Briar College; Master’s, Sotheby’s London


Director of Fine Arts—Anne Norton Craner

Former curator, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; former Research Associate, European Paintings Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Master’s, Ecole du Louvre, Paris; fluent, French and Spanish


  • Fine Arts Specialist—Colette Chipman

    Former fine arts specialist and consultant and decorative arts assistant, mid-Atlantic auction house; graduate, University of Mary Washington; Master’s, art history, University of Notre Dame


Furniture and Appraisal Department—Todd Sigety

Former president, International Society of Appraisers; certified member,
International Society of Appraisers; IRS qualified, USPAP tested
and qualified; editor, Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies

  • Furniture Specialist—Matt Sturtevant

    Former head, 19th Century Furniture Department, Christie’s

  • Furniture Specialist – Nancy Smith Douglas

    Former head, Arcade Furniture, Sotheby’s New York; Bachelor of Arts, Art History and French, Wellesley College


Asian Works of Art—Pamela Cole

Former director, Asian department, Christie’s, East; former specialist, Hartman Rare Art

  • Asian Works of Art Assistant—Richelle Simon

    Formerly with Tarisio Auctions, New York; fluent, Mandarin Chinese; Bachelor of Arts, Chinese Language and Art History, Trinity University; in process of Appraisal Certification, International Society of Appraisers


European Works of Art—Frances McCord Krongard

Former director, European Works of Art, Christie’s, New York


Decorative Arts—Leigh Snitiker

Former director, European and American Furniture and Decorations, mid-Atlantic auction house, Washington, D.C.


Americana Manager—Christine Messing

Former assistant curator, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens; former consulting curator, Gunston Hall; former archivist, National Park Service


  • Native American – Consulting Specialist—Linda Dyer

    Native American, Inuit and American West Specialist, Antiques Roadshow


  • American Furniture and Decorative Arts—Janet Hutchison

    Master’s, American Studies, Material Culture Studies, University of Pennsylvania; Doctorate, University of Delaware, Winterthur Museum; PhD, History of American Civilization; former Smithsonian fellow, led undergraduate and graduate courses in historic architecture and interiors


Textiles and Toys—Marian Bishop

Former manager, Tapisserie, London; former manager, Washington Dolls’ House & Toy Museum, Washington, DC


Jewelry—Stephen Silvia and consulting specialists

Former manager, fine & estate jewelry, Saks and Neiman Marcus, Chevy Chase, Md.; professional appraiser specializing in fine and estate jewelry; member, International Society of Appraisers


Rugs and Carpets—Consulting Specialists


Regional Representatives

Our regional staff is available to assist you in evaluating property for auction in our Washington, D.C., area gallery. Complimentary shipping available for qualifying consignments.