Vaughan Mason Fine Art is an art gallery and consulting firm located in Houston, Texas. We specialize in primary and secondary-market art sales, valuation, brokerage, and appraisal services for private, corporate, and institutional clients. Our client-focused services are designed to manage the long-term needs of collectors at all levels.
We help people who have never bought art before become confident collectors. On the other end, when it’s time to sell, we work with clients to liquidate objects and even entire collections. Along the way, we desire to build a relationship of trust and care. Our goal is to always do all we can to bring joy and reduce stress.
The right art has the potential to hold value and become an asset. In some cases, of course, art increases in value. The market for art is always changing, and we understand the factors that contribute to the value of art. We have the tools to research works of art, and can offer simple valuation services for various uses.
For more formal needs, our fine art appraisal reports provide support for estate and financial planning, asset management, insurance coverage, damage and loss claims, charitable donations, equitable distribution, and potential sales. Our reports are compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices, an organization established by Congress to determine ethical guidelines for professional appraisal reporting. For charitable donations of works of art exceeding $5,000 in value, our appraisal reports comply with standards determined by the IRS for Form 8283.
We are available for assistance in art collection building, brokerage, cataloging and research, and can act as a liaison with experts in matters of framing, condition evaluation, restoration, and authentication, whether you have a single object, or an entire collection. Vaughan Mason Fine Art is located at 3510 Lake Street at Colquitt in the Upper Kirby Galleries.
HEIDI VAUGHAN, MA, ACCREDITED MEMBER, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF APPRAISERS
Heidi Vaughan is a fine art appraiser, broker, and artists' agent, and holds a Master's degree in Art History from the University of Houston. She has worked in a professional capacity with many art museums in Houston, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Blaffer Art Museum, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, formerly part of the Menil Collection. She holds a particular interest in Texas art and its artists, and is involved in exhibition production, curation, and art book development. Following a career in corporate public relations with Burson-Marsteller, Heidi has since consulted on thousands of works of art and fine art objects for corporate and private clients. She is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers in Fine Arts, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization that oversees the care and maintenance of many of Houston's most iconic public sculptures. In addition to Houston, Heidi has lived in Chicago, France, Norway, and Qatar. She has two adult children.
THOMAS EDWIN L'HUILLIER MASON, MA, CERTIFIED MEMBER, APPRAISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Thomas Edwin L'Huillier Mason is an experienced fine arts appraiser and broker located in Houston, Texas. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art History from Cambridge University, England, where he specialized in 19th and 20th century art. He earned a Certificate in Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby's Institute in London, and trained in art authentication there. He previously worked at Sotheby's Auction House in New York City, where he specialized in Modern and Contemporary Prints, Impressionist and Modern Paintings, and as a Fine Arts Generalist. Working in the Prints Department at Sotheby's, Thomas was the senior cataloger in charge of researching, authenticating, and writing condition reports for prints that went up for auction. Thomas has worked with clients around the world and is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America. He is a Certified Specialist in Prints, Old Masters through Contemporary Art, as well as in printing techniques, types of paper, condition issues, and the current state of the market. Thomas has lived all over the world, including in Tanzania, where he served in the Peace Corps. Prior to moving to Houston, Thomas worked as an art consultant in San Francisco. He and his wife, Julia Ridgeway-Diaz, MD, have one daughter.
Elizabeth Mulé, Gallery Manager
Elizabeth Mule’ graduated cum laude from the University of Saint Thomas in the Spring of 2017, where she also worked as a Stage Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Coupled with a love of the human mind is her passion for art, especially Impressionist and Contemporary art. Elizabeth has a strong background in project management, website management, and photography. She is devoted to detail and precision in the care of art and the patrons of the gallery. Her adept computer skills keep the gallery running smoothly. Elizabeth moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and found her place in the rich and diverse art culture of the city. She is engaged to Harrison Paret, and is making plans for a 2019 wedding. It should also be noted Elizabeth has never met an animal she didn’t love at first sight.