Colin Stair

President and Founder of Stair Galleries, Colin Stair, spent 15 years with Sotheby’s Restoration, specializing in the fine points of period furniture restoration.

His vast experience included studying with Sotheby’s in London and Billingshurst in the late 1980’s.  In London, alongside Graham Child and Christopher Payne in the Furniture Departments, he assisted with the extensive cataloging and research for the famed British Pension Fund auction.  The prices realized in that auction resulted in the highest of the time.

Rupert Fennell

Mr. Fennell is an independent antiques appraiser and consultant. He conducts appraisals for fair market and insurance purposes for individual clients, trusts and estate representatives and for public and private institutions.  He has successfully completed the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the congressionally recognized set of appraisal standards promulgated by The Appraisal Foundation, and is fully qualified to render an appraisal. 

Lisa Thomas

Ms. Thomas joined Stair Galleries in 2013 as a Specialist in the Fine Arts Department. After graduating from Columbia University with a BA in Art History, Ms. Thomas began her career at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC where she was the Executive Assistant to the then-chief curator of the Department of Paintings and Sculpture, Kirk Varnedoe. In this capacity, she worked closely with curators and museum administrators involved in the organization of the Museum’s exhibitions, including Andy Warhol: A Retrospective, Matisse in Morocco and High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture.

Muffie Cunningham

After graduating from Drew University, Ms. Cunningham trained with Christie’s in London in the mid-1980s under the tutelage of Pietro Raffo. She then spent the next 18 years with Sotheby’s New York as a Vice President and Department Head of Continental Furniture, leaving in early 2003 to a private dealership in Salisbury, CT.

Beth Mullins

Ms. Mullins is our Financial Manager, as well as our Personnel and Office Manager.  She is responsible for all internal financial matters, and consignor accounting, as well as assisting in overseeing the daily operations of Stair Galleries and Restoration.  Ms. Mullins previously worked for Sotheby’s Restoration as the liaison with Sotheby’s and the accounts and personnel manager from 1993 to 2001, coming to work for Colin Stair at the inception of Stair Galleries and Restoration in 2001.