Maria joined Christie’s in 1996 as an account manager assistant in the Estates, Appraisals & Valuations Department. She went on to spend ten years in Client Advisory followed by two years in the Jewelry Department. She was promoted to the Chairman’s Office in 2009, relaunched Client Advisory in 2011 and was named Deputy Chairman in 2014. Prior to joining Christie’s, she worked at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. in their Visual Artists Fellowships Program.
Maria received her B.S. in French and Italian and her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.
Prior to joining the Chairman’s Office, Margot was Head of American Decorative Arts where she led the strongest and most knowledgeable team in the business. Christie’s American Decorative Arts department holds the record for folk art, furniture and any collection sold at auction. Margot first joined Christie’s in 1989 and worked in various capacities in the department with a specialty in American Folk Art. She has presided over the record breaking sale of Charles Wilson Peale’s George Washington at Princeton, which sold for $21,296,000, a world auction record for an American portrait; Edward Hicks’ Last Peaceable Kingdom, $6,176,000, a world auction record for American Folk Art; and Property from the Collection for Mrs. J. Insley Blair, which sold for $32.9 million, and established the record for a collection of Americana sold at auction. Margot has appeared regularly as an appraiser on PBS’s Antique Roadshow.
Margot holds a BA in Art History from Emory University.
Natalie Stagnitti-White is an Associate Vice President based in the New York Chairman’s Office. She acts as the Client Relationship Manager for the Client Advisory team. Natalie has been in the Chairman’s office since 2008 and began her career assisting the President & Chairman of the Americas. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 2008 with a major in Art History.
Laura Waelbroeck joined Christie’s Chairman’s Office in 2014. As Client Relationship Manager, Laura works to cultivate relationships with Christie’s new and existing clients, providing comprehensive support to collectors across diverse categories. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 2012 and her Master of Studies in the History of Art from Balliol College, Oxford in 2013, where she was a Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Scholar. She is fluent in English and French.
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