Fine Art, Antiques, Auctions and Appraisals
John Case is the founder and president of Case Antiques, Inc. and co-owns the company with his wife, Stephanie. He has over 20 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, and maintains currency with the Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) requirements. John has lectured 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, and the International Society of Appraisers national convention. He also authored “Regionalism Considerations: A Southern Focus” in the Appraisers Association of America handbook, Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide to Appraising the Fine and Decorative Arts. John was a contributing editor for the Frist Museum’s Art of Tennessee exhibit in Nashville and was appointed to the Tennessee Executive Residence Preservation Foundation (TERPF) in 2012, and was later elected chairman. Case continues to lead the Tennessee Executive Residence task force which works closely with the First Lady of Tennessee and the State Museum to acquire and manage 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 is currently a member of the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) advisory board.
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, completing a museum graduate course sponsored by MESDA at Wake Forest University. 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 of 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 and is a Principal Auctioneer for the state of TN. 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.
Vice President of Fine and Decorative Arts and Nashville General Manager
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
Chief Innovation Officer
Greg joins the Case team after spending 25 plus years innovating in the healthcare and information technology industries. As our Chief Innovation Officer, Greg is responsible for identifying strategies, business opportunities and new technologies to develop new capabilities, architectures, and business models to serve our internal team as well as our customers. He has a particular passion for the customer experience and regularly explores ways to better engage with our consignors, bidders, and community of peers in the auction business.
Greg earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and has had the privilege of applying his talents to several different industries throughout his career including aerospace, life sciences and healthcare, and business-to-business IT services. He enjoys immersing himself in a business to understand its most challenging problems and working with stakeholders to produce sustainable solutions before moving on to the next opportunity for improvement.
Greg is a native of East Tennessee and appreciates his heritage and the rich history of the Appalachian region. He claims it was Case’s culture that ultimately attracted him to his current position and is excited to have the opportunity to innovate in the auction house industry. He is married to his hometown sweetheart. They have two sons that they couldn’t be more proud of and a dog that keeps them constantly entertained. When he isn’t innovating for Case, you will find Greg on the pitch playing soccer, strumming his guitar, or planning his next great adventure.
Auctioneer, Tri-Cities General Manager
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.
Photography Director and Media Management
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.
Consignor Relations Manager
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.
Caleb is currently attending Pellissippi State Community College to obtain a Major in Photography. He started at Case as an intern through a program with Pellissippi. In his free time, Caleb enjoys watching sports, films, and photographing things around him.
Inventory Logistics and Material Handling
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.
Inventory Management and Cataloging
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 enjoys cooking, running, thrifting, watching Antiques Roadshow, and spending time with her pet cat Timmy.
Catalog and Consignment Specialist
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.
Catalog Manager & Editor
Reilly Shwab holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Kansas and a B.A. in art history from the University of Tennessee. His experience with fine art includes curatorial work at the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; the Montana Museum of Art and Culture; and the Wichita Art Museum, where he was the assistant curator of works on paper. He has also taught art history at the Universities of Kansas, Tennessee, and Montana, among other institutions. Reilly is a print specialist with primary areas of expertise in European old masters—especially Dutch and Flemish prints from the seventeenth century—and 20th-century American prints. In his curatorial work he has examined a broad swath of visual culture including botanical art, prints of the Mexican revolution, contemporary printmaking networks, and the market for Dutch art in the United states during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A native of Knoxville, Reilly continues to foster his lifelong interest in the history and cultures of Tennessee and Appalachia.