Susan Kime has been a fine art appraiser working in the Saint Louis auction industry for twenty years. She received her B.A. in Advertising and French from Loyola, New Orleans, completed a course of study at the Centre Internationale des Etudes Francaises, in Angers, France, and went on to complete her M.A. in Art History from Louisiana State University.
Susan has appraised and sold property from the finest estates in St. Louis and the surrounding region. Highlights include a 2007 sale of The Old Mill, an 1852 oil painting by Frederic E. Church, hammering at $2.3 million. In February 2013, she assembled an auction of East Village art, reaching an international audience and setting an auction record for a painting by Martin Wong hammering at $47,500. She has also handled works by St. Louis artists Kathryn Cherry and Fred Green Carpenter that have resulted in record prices, helping to bring national attention to their work.
Susan has appeared regularly as an appraiser for PBS Antiques Roadshow since 2011.
Doug Schrader began his auction career in 1993, assisting with displaying property for auction previews, catalogue production, photography, and working the sales. As a history enthusiast with a strong desire for learning Doug quickly fell in love with the auction profession. Based on his experience, Doug has solid knowledge in antique Continental, English and American furniture, as well as Persian carpets and sports and military memorabilia. Doug has built strong client relationships, and advises customers in both buying and selling their valuable items.
Marlene has been instrumental in the growth and operation of an internationally recognized Midwest auction gallery for over thirty years. A graduate of St. Louis University with degrees in Urban Affairs/Community Development, Marlene coordinates Link Auction Galleries’ advertising and community outreach.
Marlene has her finger on the pulse of the St. Louis arts community and her public relations experience makes her a valuable asset to Link Auction Galleries. As a member of all of the major art museums and music societies in St. Louis, Marlene actively promotes the highlights of our auctions. Marlene coordinates events for the community using our staff and our facility to advertise upcoming auctions. If your organization is interested in holding an event with Link, Marlene will work with you to create a memorable arts experience.
Maria Gianino has been buying and selling 19th and 20th Century Antique, Estate, Artisan, and Fine Jewelry for over 30 years. She has owned an Art Gallery and Antique Retail Store in St. Louis, Missouri as well as have participated in national jewelry shows in New York and Miami. She has been trained as a Personal Property Appraiser for Estate, Charitable Donation, Divorce and Insurance and is USPAP compliant. (Universal Standards Principals and Practices) Maria is a member of the International Society of Appraisers and the National Society of Jewelry Appraisers.
She holds GIA, Gemological Institute of America specialist certifications in Diamonds, Colored Stones and Pearls. She has completed additional appraisal coursework from New York University and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration – Marketing, from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Maria lives in Clayton with her husband Mike and pugs Vinnie and Leo.
Jeffrey’s fascination with decorative arts began at the ripe age of 13. Starting out like most enthusiasts, scouring local sales and events; dragging home all sorts of little objects much to the chagrin of his parents. Jeffrey became fast friends with many antiques dealers and collectors over the years, having the privilege to learn from their experience, honing his knowledge in the field of design and 19th/20th century decorative arts. The best way to learn was to handle, to discuss, to study, and through the excitement of discovery. Jeffrey has worked with several shops, assisting with interior design, evaluations, and consultation.
Adam has been a professional photographer for nearly a decade with experience in the hospitality industry including real estate, traveling hotel photography and portraiture. Adam has a Bachelor’s degree in photography from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale along with a double minor in art and philosophy.
Adam has been thrifting and treasure hunting his entire life, so the introduction into the fine art and auction industry is a dream come true. He can’t wait to continue to learn the ins and outs of the auction industry and how to master the photography end of it, broadening his understanding of the subject as a whole.”
Patrick, a St. Louis native, has been working in the auction industry since 2013. He has a strong passion for history and graduated with a B.A. in history and a minor in art history at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Patrick is responsible for maintaining the online catalogues, assisting with the display of property, photography, researching, and the cataloging of property. In his spare time, Patrick is an avid gamer, enjoys playing golf, and is a car enthusiast.
Madeline McDonnell is a St. Louis native who went to Scripps College in Claremont, CA where she majored in French and European Studies and minored in History. She then went on to University College London’s Institute of Archeology to get her masters in Museum Studies.
Madeline assists with various departments at Link. You can find her wandering around cataloging consignments and trying to research items for auction. She loves working around all of the art and antiques at Link.
Madeline is an avid traveler and goes all over the world when it’s safe to do so. She loves visiting museums, cooking with her family, and enjoying the St. Louis arts scene.
Elizabeth Bernhardt, Ph.D., grew up in a fancy 1920s St. Louis home filled with interesting old stuff, and her interests in art and history stem from her natal family, home and city.
She followed her interests to earn a BA (University of Pennsylvania), two MAs, and then a doctorate in early modern Italian history (University of Toronto) and has enjoyed living in Italy for over twenty years.
In Rome, she taught many classes about her greatest interests: the history and culture of the Italian family (University of California Rome program) and the history and culture of early modern Italian art and artisans (Liceo Classico Giulio Cesare). There she also published two manuals about Italian art used by hundreds of her Roman students.
Her most significant book is a monograph about the life of Genevra Sforza de’ Bentivoglio of Renaissance-era Bologna whose history (and legends) she researched in over thirty Italian archives and various museums (Amsterdam University Press, 2023).
Besides researching fascinating objects that come through Link, she teaches classes about Italian and French language and culture in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis.