Owner, Appraiser & Auctioneer
Ron Bourgeault has been involved with antiques since he was a youngster when he became fascinated with coins, glass and Currier & Ives prints. After-school hours were spent helping a local auctioneer sell end-of-the-day box lots and by age fourteen Ron was exhibiting at the prestigious New Hampshire Antique Dealers Association Show. At twenty-three he was the youngest dealer to exhibit at the preeminent East Side Winter Antiques Show at the Armory in New York and for thirty-seven years, Ron continued to do these and other major shows across the country. Ron’s first major auction was conducted to benefit a New England museum. Its success led him to continue in the auction arena and in 1987, Ron began Northeast Auctions as a full-time business.
With over forty years in the business, Ron has a wide network of contacts among collectors, dealers and museum staff. He has been a guest lecturer and appraiser at numerous conferences and events and is a member of the Appraisers Association of America and the National Auctioneers Association. Ron also appears regularly on public television’s Antiques Roadshow and was named by Art & Auction Magazine as one of the art world’s “Power Fifty: Who Mattered Most in 2002.”
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Rebecca J. Davis
Ceramics, Glass & Silver Specialist
Rebecca J. Davis has been with Northeast Auctions for twelve years and is responsible for the research, cataloging and appraisal of American, English and Continental decorative arts, specializing in ceramics, silver and glass. Prior to joining Northeast Auctions she was employed by two major auction houses. She attended The Ohio State University, earning an undergraduate degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and a Masters Degree in Art History. During her tenure at Northeast Auctions she has catalogued several important single owner sales including the S. Robert Teitelman Collection of English Creamware, the Jonathan Rickard Collection of Mochaware and the Pamela and Donald Levine Collection of American Glass and Lighting, 1825-1875. She is a member of the American Ceramics Circle, the China Students’ Club of Boston, and the Transferware Collector’s Club, and regularly participates in seminars and panel discussions. She has written “Some Thoughts Regarding a Rare Staffordshire Relief-Molded, Blue Transfer-Printed and Enamel-Decorated Thread Caddy,” published in the Transferware Collector’s Club Bulletin, Summer/ Fall 2009, vol. x, no. 3.
Jillian Ede Gendron
International Client Services
James E. Horan Jr.
Director of Financial & Technical Services
Fine Art, Marine & China Trade Decorative Arts Specialist
Monica Reuss has been with Northeast Auctions for ten years, specializing in Fine Art, Prints, Marine and China Trade decorative arts. Prior to joining Northeast Auctions, she completed the year-long Sotheby’s New York American Arts Course, where she received the class award for excellence. Previously, Ms. Reuss spent fifteen years as Director of Research for Harbridge House Inc., an international management consulting headquartered in Boston, and later conducted research for several prominent executive recruiting firms. She holds a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from Simmons College, is the Treasurer of the Piscataqua Decorative Arts Society and a member of the board of Warner House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Ms. Reuss is also the author of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range, in Visions in Granite: Two Hundred Years of Painting in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Vol II (2008).
James Ffrench, Consultant
Oriental Rugs & Carpets
James A. Ffrench is a director of Beauvais Carpets in New York City. Prior to joining Beauvais Carpets, Mr. Ffrench ran a private advisory service for individuals, corporations and institutions on all matters regarding period carpets and tapestries. Mr. Ffrench was a vice president and department head of Christie’s New York from 1993 until 1997. From 1987 until 1997, he was a senior specialist in the Carpet department at Sotheby’s New York.
John Newcomer, Consultant
American Folk Art
A native of Harper’s Ferry,West Virginia, John grew up in the antique business. During his high school and college years, he ran his parent’s antique shop over summer vacations. Upon his college graduation, John took over the family’s eight room shop. John started doing antiques shows in 1969. Since then, he has done all of America’s best shows, including the East Side House Winter Show in New York City. Since the early 70’s, John has appraised many private collections, estates, public collections and museums, including the White House, the D.A.R. Museum, the Washington County Museum and the National Park Service. In addition, John has conducted many lectures and education courses for show committees, historical societies and museums. John has long been acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on American furniture, folk art and accessories.
Andrew Davis, Consultant
Photography & Design
Born and raised in central Maine, Andrew started at Northeast photographing the Swain Collection of American Pewter, and he is now responsible for nearly all catalog photography and design. An antiques enthusiast, Andrew also provides photography & design services for a number of antiques dealers and non-profit organizations through his business Portside Creative. His photographs have appeared in numerous books, including Finely Carved & Nicely Painted: The Life, Art & Decoys of George H. Boyd (1873-1941) and Success to America: Creamware for the American Market.