Johanna McBrien


Antiques & Fine Art Magazine
Watertown, MA
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Johanna McBrien is founding editor-in-chief of Antiques & Fine Art magazine (est. 2000). She began her career nearly thirty-years ago in the museum field. A graduate of the Winterthur Program, she has been a furniture specialist at Christie’s New York, Northeast Auctions, and Wayne Pratt Antiques, and is a USPAP-certified appraiser. She has taught courses on the history of interiors, decorative arts, and furniture at Boston Architectural College, has contributed to scholarly publications, and was editor of She is on the boards of the Decorative Arts Trust, Gore Place, Society of Winterthur Fellows, and sits on the National Council of both Historic New England and Strawbery Banke Museum.

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