Museum Collection Services and Management

Heritage Auctions' Museum and Institutional Services department is dedicated to fulfilling the specific collection management needs of museums, institutions, and historical societies with the utmost respect and discretion.

The department, established by the late Edmund P. "Ted" Pillsbury, celebrated former director of the Kimbell Art Museum, is a valuable resource for buying and selling at auction, private treaty sales, loans, and exhibitions. It is led by Ed Beardsley, Vice President and Managing Director of Fine and Decorative Arts; Erica Smith, Institutional Development; and Meredith Meuwly, Director of Heritage Auctions Appraisal Services.

With specialists in over 30 different collecting categories, Heritage can help museums with appraisal needs, whether to establish fair market or replacement value of the current collection or of potential donations to the institution. We will work with museum administrators and their patrons regarding valuation, and we will strive to satisfy any required time frames. Preliminary walkthroughs and consultations can be arranged at no cost. Our purpose is to simplify the process while providing thorough appraisal reports in compliance with USPAP standards.

If you are refining or enhancing your collections, we are available to assist quickly and in accordance with your institution's collections plans. Among other institutions, we have worked with the American Red Cross, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the Heard Natural Science Museum, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Geppi's Entertainment Museum, and the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Museum.

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William Trost Richards,
Woodland Glade
Acquired by the Amon
Carter Museum, Fort Worth
Sold for: $239,000
The "Rose Percy" Doll with Extensive Wardrobe
Formerly in the Collection of the American Red Cross
Sold for: $44,812
Olaf Wieghorst, The Old Ranch Formerly in the Collection of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Sold for: $22,705
1895 $1 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS
Benefiting the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution
Sold for: $115,000

For Collection Management or Collection Services information, contact:

Ed Beardsley
Ed Beardsley is Heritage Auction's Vice President and Managing Director, Fine & Decorative Arts. With over 15 years of auction experience, Ed brings a special focus to Heritage's newer auction categories, including Fine & Decorative Arts, Luxury Accessories, Fine Wine, Fine Minerals, as well as Estate, Museum, and Special Collections. He is also involved in Heritage's strategic growth through new offices and showrooms in New York and Beverly Hills. Ed enjoys being a part of one of the industry's most friendly, approachable, and growing auction houses.

Erica Smith
As the former Heritage Auctions Marketing Account Executive for Fine & Decorative Arts, Erica brings marketing and client development experience, along with other skill sets, to further Heritage Auctions' relationships with Private Foundations, Corporate Collections, and Museums. In this role, Erica will work with specialists in over 33 categories to provide a variety of services tailored to private and institutional collections.

Prior to joining HA, Erica worked at Baker Botts LLP and McCathern Mooty Law Firm in Marketing and Client Development. She supports cultural development and awareness in the community through her involvement in The Dallas Museum of Art Junior Associates Donor Circle, where she serves on the Membership and Affair of the Art Committees; The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture; and The Dallas Contemporary.

Meredith Meuwly
Meredith earned her Bachelors degree in Classical Studies and Art History from Duke University in 2000, and a Masters degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship, and the History of the Art Market from Christie's Education in New York in 2001. She spent the next five years in the Christie's New York Antiquities Department as sale coordinator and cataloguer of ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Near Eastern works of art. During her time at Christie's, she worked on numerous high profile auctions including the Doris Duke Estate, Ancient Egyptian Art from the Harer Family Trust, and the John W. Kluge Morven Collection of Ancient Art. Meredith joined Heritage Auction Galleries in 2007 as Senior Consignment Director in the Fine & Decorative Arts Department, overseeing two auctions each year, and now serves as Director of Appraisal Services. Meredith has participated as an appraiser for the Antiques Roadshow on PBS, and is a current member of the International Society of Appraisers.

Brian Roughton
After several years assisting Heritage Auctions on retainer, Brian Roughton joined the team as Director of American & European Paintings in January, 2012. With 45 years experience as the owner and president of Roughton Galleries, Inc., he brings to Heritage a highly respected international reputation as an expert in both 19th & early 20th century important American and European paintings.

Mr. Roughton is distinguished for his scholarship and actively supports research in American and European art. He is currently working on the forthcoming catalogue raisonne for the works of French academic painter Leon Bazile Perrault. In addition, with Mr. Roughton's extensive working knowledge, experience and expertise, he is an accepted authority for the works of Edouard L. Cortes, Antoine Blanchard, Hovsep Pushman, Johann Berthelsen, and Guy C. Wiggins.

Along with his colleagues on the coasts, Mr. Roughton's goal is to assist and direct Heritage Auctions American and European Paintings department to become the house of choice for important American and European art at the highest level and to continue his dedication to further the education of the American public regarding its artistic and cultural heritage.

Roughton is a member of several organizations including the FADA (Fine Art Dealers Association), where he held a position on the Board of Directors and Vetting Committee, IAGA (International Art Galleries Association) and IFAA (International Fine Art Appraisers).