As a Pennsylvania native who lived and worked in Paris for over a decade, I decided to specialize in 19th through 20st century fine art as a gallery founder-director-curator. After 20 years as a gallerist, I turned my attention to blue-chip advising and consulting for private clients and corporate collections.
Because I’ve always worked with a diverse clientele, I have a broad knowledge in both European and American traditional through contemporary art. Mid-career, I joined an UHNW family office as their sole, in-house curator. Here, I managed the fine art assets of a multi-million dollar privately owned family art and sculpture collection.
When I moved to Palm Beach in 2018, sourcing and brokering blue-chip paintings for private clients became my day-to-day. Today, I combine this passion with a business development role for a fine art consulting group serving the ultra-luxury residential market of South Florida’s Gold Coast.
Melanie Werner, Principle
After graduating from Westminster College, (New Wilmington, PA), I furthered my studies in fine art history at a division of the American University of Paris. And that's when I caught the collecting bug.
"During my decades as a gallerist and advisor, I've learned that art collecting is less about money, and more about 'passion and motivation'. Be it watches, jewelry, fancy cars, fine art, baseball cards or comic books…individuals will allocate funds to surround themselves with objects they dearly love."
– Melanie Werner
I enjoy working equally with seasoned collectors and emerging art buyers, and source art in a wide range of budgets, periods and styles.
As my career progressed, I’ve been asked to share years of accumulated knowledge about fine art collecting for groups such as the OSHER Lifelong Learning at Carnegie Mellon University, The Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA, Fort Lauderdale), The Palm Beach Cultural Council, and alumni groups for Columbia University, and Harvard University. Supporting various museums and art organizations is my thing. I’m also active with The Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (Palm Beach), and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach.