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Gregory Kuharic
In his previous career (1988 to 2003), Gregory Kuharic was a Vice-President of 19th and 20th Century Decorative Works of Art at Sotheby’s. The department’s focus and expertise encompassed all aspects of the design movements from the late 1800’s on, including Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Tiffany, French Glass, Art Deco and Modern Design to Contemporary Works of Decorative Art (late 20th C). During that period, he was directly involved in all activities within the department, including appraisals, business development, cataloguing and research.

In addition to regular departmental sales, Mr. Kuharic had the opportunity to work on many of the most extraordinary single owner collections to be offered at auction including: Important 20th Century Furniture/A Philip Johnson Townhouse; The Estate of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Property from the Collection of Arnold R. King and the Estate of Hank Helfand; Important Gallé Glass; The Collection of Michael Chow; Highly Important Tiffany Lamps from the Collection of John Mecom, Jr.; Important Lalique; Important Art Nouveau from the Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe; Tiffany Lamps from the Warshawsky Corporate Collection; Works of Art and Jewelry from the Collection of Lillian Nassau and more recently The Harriman-Judd Collection of Important 19th Century British Ceramics.

In 1992, Mr. Kuharic was instrumental in developing Sotheby’s first sale of contemporary glass, ceramics, and furniture. Nearly $10,000,000 worth of contemporary glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fiber was offered for sale at Sotheby’s over the next ten years.

Mr. Kuharic was responsible for developing two of the most important single owner sales of contemporary decorations. The Jerome and Miriam Frankel sale of studio glass sold at Sotheby’s for just under $1,000,000 (1992). It remains the most important private collection of glass offered at auction to date. The Ceramic Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Joseph was also brought to auction with similar results, totaling nearly $900,000 (2000). It remains the most important collection of ceramics yet to be sold at auction.

Mr. Kuharic has appeared on Antiques Roadshow on PBS, WGBH, Boston, and has been a guest lecturer and appraiser for the American Association of Appraisers. Mr. Kuharic also consults with various appraisal firms and regional auction houses.

Mr. Kuharic has a second career — that of artist-craftsman. His background as an artist has been of tremendous benefit in working with the myriad materials associated with the artistic production of the 19th and 20th centuries. As a potter, Mr. Kuharic was the sole proprietor of Greg Kuharic Pottery, Westfield, Indiana. He had originally honed his skills at Bethel Pike Pottery in Albany, Indiana.

 

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