My love of art and antiques began as a child. My mother’s father was the black sheep of a very successful American family, who chose a life of, shall we say ‘adventure’, rather than entering the family firm. As his money disappeared, so did the family art and antiques. Both of my grandparents died when my mother was quite young and so the items that remained with her became her way of connecting with the past. My mother’s treasures were tokens really, and invested with emotion that outstrips any financial value. When the Tiffany silver came out at holidays I knew which great-grandparent’s monogram it bore and the Chippendale chairs were from the old Long Island house, not the Park Avenue house…. Without understanding it, I was being groomed to be the appraiser and adviser of fine art and antiques that I have become today—to listen to clients, appreciate their stories and understand that for some, the objects they are selling are much more than objects.
I’ve had the benefit of seeing this business from every angle. As a recent college graduate, my career began humbly, selling at the Chelsea Flea Markets in New York in the early 1990’s. Twenty years later I led the appraisal and sale of the Lehman Brothers/Neuberger Berman corporate art collections. There have been many clients and projects along the way, but I’ve never stopped being fascinated by the world of things. I’ve also never missed the opportunity to learn and see new things everyday- whether it’s discovering a trove of Richard Poussette-Dart paintings, a rare Patek-Philippe watch or an important Qing dynasty table. My career may have begun as a dealer, but my true calling is as an appraiser and adviser. My aim is to be an ally to my clients, helping them to realize their items full potential.
Kelly Wright serves as a Director for Freeman's Trusts & Estates department, and is the New England Regional Representative. He specializes in providing verbal auction valuations for single items or entire collections and formal written appraisals for estate-planning, estate tax, charitable donations, gift tax and insurance. Mr. Wright is also a cast member of the popular PBS series Antiques Roadshow.
Mr. Wright joined Freeman's in 2010, and his experience includes over fifteen years in New York City, appraising and advising in the sale of corporate collections such as Warnaco and Lehman Brothers, as well as overseeing numerous private collections. Mr. Wright relocated his business from New York to Boston, where he spent time further establishing himself and his reputation for excellent customer service and thorough appraisals before becoming the New England Regional Representative for Freeman's.
A USPAP certified appraiser, Mr. Wright is also an active member of the Boston Estate Planning Council and a current appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow. As a Connecticut native and Vassar College graduate, his passion and knowledge give Freeman’s a unique insight into the Boston and New England markets and beyond.