John has over 25 years of experience researching and evaluating American antiques and art, with a specialization in early Southern decorative arts. John is an accredited member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), the oldest professional association of personal property appraisers in the United States. John is current with the Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) requirements. In addition to his appraising credentials, John also holds an auction gallery license from the state of Tennessee (TNGL #5157). He has given lectures on Southern material culture at Colonial Williamsburg, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), the William King Regional Arts Center, the Appraisers Association of America national convention, the International Society of Appraisers national convention, and served as an appraiser for East Tennessee Public Television (ETPtv) and other appraisal events. He also authored “Regionalism Considerations: A Southern Focus” in the Appraisers Association of America comprehensive handbook, Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts. He also served as a contributing editor for the Frist Museum’s Art of Tennessee exhibit in Nashville, Tennessee and has completed a museum graduate course sponsored by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Wake Forest University. John was appointed to the Tennessee Executive Residence Preservation Foundation (TERPF) in 2012 and later elected chairman. Founded in 1971, the nonprofit foundation works closely with the First Lady of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Museum to acquire art, furniture, and objects of historic significance to enrich the Tennessee Executive Residence (also known as the Governor’s Mansion), with particular emphasis on objects with a Tennessee provenance.
John grew up around his family’s antiques and estate sale business in Kingsport, TN. He earned a degree in Biomedical/Biochemical engineering from Duke University and worked in that field while continuing to consult with his family’s antique and estate sale business. In 2005, he decided to follow his lifelong interest in art, antiques, and technology to open an auction firm using the latest technology to provide worldwide marketing and bidder participation.
Stephanie is the co-owner and Vice President of Operations of Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals. She has over 20 years experience in the antique industry including retail sales, estate sales, antique shows, and auctions. In addition to managing the daily operations of the Knoxville, TN office, Stephanie also manages the cataloging of objects. Her specific areas of interest include Southern Decorative Arts, Asian Decorative Arts, and Native American Decorative Arts. Stephanie grew up in Pembroke, North Carolina, the home of the Lumbee Indian tribe. She received a degree in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked in retail management for 10 years before co-founding Case Antiques, Inc. in 2005.
Sarah joined us in 2008 and directs our Nashville office. She has twenty years of professional experience in the field of art and antiques and is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) specializing in Fine Art (paintings, sculpture and prints), Antiques and Residential Contents, and performs appraisals for high-value estate, insurance, and charitable donation purposes. She is a graduate of David Lipscomb University and the ISA Appraisal Studies Program, completed the 2003 Fall Furniture Institute at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and is current with the Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) requirements. In addition to appraising, Sarah has authored articles on art and antiques for numerous publications, including The Magazine Antiques, Maine Antiques Digest, Silver Magazine, and Antique Week newspaper. She welcomes the opportunity to speak to the public about art and antiques. Past speaking engagements include the Tennessee Decorative Arts Symposium at Belmont University, the Tennessee Historical Society, Nashville Rotary Club, and University School of Nashville, and she has served as an appraiser for East Tennessee Public Television, Memphis and Nashville Public Television, Two Rivers Mansion, Traveller’s Rest Plantation and other museum, private, and corporate clients. Her particular areas of interest include fine art and silver.
Elijah began working with Case Antiques in the early 2010’s through his family’s moving company. He then became an employee assisting in estate pickups, inventory logistics, and auctions. In 2015, he moved to Charlotte, NC to go to seminary, before returning to Knoxville and resuming work for Case in 2021.
Elijah holds a BA from the University of Tennessee in Psychology and a MA in New Testament and MA in Old Testament from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
In his spare time, Elijah enjoys pickle ball, tennis, hiking, cooking, reading, and board games.
Erin Mancini joined Case Antiques as an intern in 2018. After graduating from Wofford College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art History, she began working full-time at Case in 2021. While in college Erin worked in her campus museum and curated an exhibition on the Art of Printmaking. Erin works in both our cataloguing and inventory departments, and enjoys displaying items in the gallery and doing research on fine-art.
In her spare time Erin cooking, running, thrifting, watching Antiques Roadshow, and spending time with her pet cat Timmy.
Madeline Roberts began her career at Case Antiques during the summer of 2015 as an intern. She joined the team as a Cataloger after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Master’s degree in Information Science. Madeline also attended the University of Tennessee as an undergraduate and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Art History and Classical Civilizations. Her previous experience includes over 7 years at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and an internship at the Modern Political Archives located in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Her particular areas of interest include archival documents, Civil War items, fine art, maps, books, ancient artifacts, currency, collectibles, and other memorabilia.
Wray has over 25 years experience in technology startups including Business Computer Solutions, Professional Technologies, PhoneOnline/Airtuit, and IdleAire. His wide array of experience includes designing and marketing technology solutions and products as well as network engineering and information technologies. He has consulted Mr. Case in utilizing cutting-edge technology to sell antiques and fine art since 1998 and helped launch Case Antiques, Inc. in 2005. He has held his current position since 2011. Wray’s education at UT Knoxville began in computer programming but ended with a BS in Marketing. Besides staying on top of technology and marketing trends, Wray is an avid musician playing the guitar, keyboards, and drums as well as playing golf whenever possible.
Emily began as an intern at Case Antiques in the summer of 2018. She officially joined the team after completing her B.A. degree in Art History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is responsible for managing relationships with consignors, auction registrations including online/phone/absentee bidders, and working with the general public. She focuses on daily interactions, answering questions, and resolving any issues that arise. Her areas of interest include late 19th/early 20th century American art and art pottery. She enjoys painting and hiking in her spare time.
Nathan started at Case Antiques as an intern in the photography department. He graduated with a degree in photography in 2019 and has over 7 years of professional experience in the field. Nathan has worked in many areas of photography including product, wedding, and portrait photography. He manages the media and content of various platforms and aids in marketing development strategies.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, and film photography.
Julie Byrd started at Case Antiques as a photography intern in 2019. She joined the Case team in 2020 after graduating from Pellissippi State Community College with a degree in Media Management and a photography concentration. At Case, Julie specializes in product photography and post processing.
Julie has 13 years experience in digital photography and editing. She enjoys real estate, newborn and food photography in her spare time. Julie and her husband Jim have 4 adult children and several beloved pets.
David is a licensed auctioneer in the state of Tennessee since 2006. He is instrumental in identifying and evaluating potential consignments for auction as well as managing teams to layout and setup merchandising for auctions and consignment pickups. David grew up around his family’s antiques and estate sale business in Kingsport, TN where he manages Anchor Antiques. When his brother John started Case Antiques, Inc. in 2005, David helped launch the business and acquired his auctioneers license the following year in 2006. He earned a degree in Business Administration from ETSU.
Rebekah Assid joined Case Antiques in 2021 after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Art History. Alongside ten years of experience in customer service, she has collaborated on multiple campus exhibitions, worked for estate sale companies, and pioneered an online undergraduate research journal. Rebekah works in both the cataloguing and consignment departments. Due to her familial exposure to cabinet making, caning, and basket weaving, she has particular interest in researching furniture and decorative arts.