Meet Our Specialists

Franklin B. Propert joined Waterford's Art and Antiques Auctioneers in 2014 as the Asian & African Specialist of our Richmond, VA office. Franklin graduated cum laude from Shenandoah Conservatory of music, working for many years as a conductor, singer and teacher. For the past two decades he has been an avid collector of both Asian and African art concentrating on the Dogon and Bamana people of Mali and the Senufo and Baule people of the Ivory Coast. His Asian arts collecting has centered around Chinese ceramics and textiles from the Qing dynasty. He recently presented the exhibition Threads of Silk and Gold at the University of Richmond. Franklin also serves on the planning committee of the Rose Group, a Washington, DC based nonprofit, nonpolitical organization fostering better understanding between the United States and China through the arts.

 

Sara Gattijoined Waterford's Art and Antiques Auctioneers in 2013 as a part-time intern and went on to become a full-time Arts and Antiques Assistant. She is now the Associate Specialist and Auction Administrator of the Berlin, New Jersey location. Sara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Temple University with an emphasis on European painting and contemporary East Asian art. Prior to joining Waterford's, Sara catalogued collections for a decorative arts museum in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was an assistant with the Historic Bethlehem Partnership. She also curated numerous shows for contemporary art galleries throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, organized exhibitions and created a public and private cloud archiving system for a prominent gallery in Philadelphia.