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Ariana Hartsock
Director, Fine Art, Dallas
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Ariana Hartsock began her career at prominent galleries in California, specializing in American and Early California art. She earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her M.A. in Modern Art, History of the Art Market, and Connoisseurship at Christie’s Education in New York. Upon completing her studies, Ariana began her auction career at Doyle Auctions as a Fine Art cataloguer, and then at Christie’s as a Specialist and Associate Vice President in American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture. There she headed twice-yearly midseason American Art sales, breaking previous records for the highest ever sales in the category, and setting new world auction records for a multitude of artists. Ariana has now been with Heritage for ten years as a specialist in both American and European art, and serves as Director of Fine Art in Dallas.

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Marianne Berardi PhD
Senior Fine Arts Expert
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Art historian Dr. Marianne Berardi serves as Heritage Auctions' Senior Expert in American Art and Director of Old Master Paintings. Her dual expertise in American 20th-Century Art and Dutch 17th Century Painting was the combination which first brought her to Heritage in 2006 to research and write the book-length auction catalogue for the Walsh Family Collection of American and European Painting sold through Heritage in the Fall of 2006. Since that time she was responsible for bringing to Heritage the following collections and estates, as well as researching and writing their accompanying catalogues: the Hon. Judge Paul H. Buchanan Collection of American Painting (November 11, 2009);Lucille Ball Memorabilia from the Collection of Susie Morton and Gary Morton (Lucille Ball’s second husband) (November 14, 2010); The Collection of Paul Gregory and Janet Gaynor (March 20, 2011); Contemporary Art from the Estate of Dr. Edmund P. Pillsbury (October 26, 2011); Selections from the American Painting Collection of the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust (May 15, 2012; May 11, 2013; and May 2014 forthcoming).

 

Marianne holds both a M.A. in 20th Century American Art and a Ph.D. in Dutch 17th-Century Art from the University of Pittsburgh. She held a Kress Fellowship; a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship in connoisseurship studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and two consecutive Andrew W. Mellon fellowships. During her five-year tenure as Director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of American Art in St. Joseph, Missouri, she published widely on Benton and the Regionalists. In 1993, she curated a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Thomas Hart Benton and many of his pupils whom she tracked down from many regions of the United States. The exhibition, Under the Influence: The Students of Thomas Hart Benton (1993), was accompanied by her book-length catalogue of the same title. In 2010, her book on Benton pupil Margot Peet (Discovering Margot Peet) was published by Posterity Press. Following her move to Cleveland, Ohio, Marianne served as Director of the Cleveland Artists Foundation. She has taught art history at the University of Pittsburgh, the Kansas City Art Institute, Case Western Reserve University, and John Carroll University.  She has a reading knowledge of French, Dutch, German, and Italian. She is currently completing a monograph and catalogue raisonne on the celebrated Dutch flower painter, Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), on whom she is the recognized authority.


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Desiree Pakravan
Junior Specialist, Fine Art
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From a young age, Desiree developed an intense passion and connection to art. After pursuing a dual degree in Art History and Architecture from the University of Southern California, she earned a Master's Degree in Post-War and Contemporary Art from Columbia University. Following her Master’s program, Desiree expanded her knowledge of the inner-workings of both the primary and secondary markets, gaining experience through various galleries, online auction companies and appraisal firms. In 2015 Desiree joined Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills, now working as a Junior Fine Art Specialist. Utilizing her love of Fine Art, extensive knowledge of the art market, and fluency in five foreign languages - Spanish, Italian, French, Hebrew and Farsi - Desiree caters to a variety of clients around the world. 

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Janell Snape
Jr Specialist/Cataloguer, European Art
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Janell has more than 18 years of experience in the auction industry and a well-regarded reputation as a connoisseur of European paintings.  Prior to joining Heritage, Janell was a senior cataloguer and art historian at a major auction house and has researched and vetted thousands of paintings.  An expert in Old Masters and 19th Century European Painting, Janell travels to Europe frequently to conduct primary research and meet with collectors. A San Francisco native and U.S. Navy veteran, Janell earned her B.A. in Art History from San Francisco State University. She volunteers at several local organizations including the San Francisco Public Library and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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