Quinn's Auction Galleries is a full service auction and estate services company. We have a range of specialties, from fine art & antiques, to rare books & maps.

Paul Quinn, Chairman of Quinn's Auction Galleries

Paul_1Paul Quinn has been instrumental in its transition from a small “mom & pop”organization into the regional auction house it is today. In 1987, Paul founded the Falls Church Antique Company, antique mall,in the “old white house” on Broad street in Falls Church. In 1995, he saw the founding of The Auction House of Falls Church, with his son and co-founder David, as the next step in fueling his passion for antiques and developing his business corporation. Prior to sowing the seeds of antiques in Falls Church, Paul served a 20 year career in hospital administration, including 8 years as COO for Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Paul is a licensed and bonded as an auctioneer by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Broker for Quinn’s Realty and Estate Services. He holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Theology, with a Masters in Health Care Administration. He is an active parishioner in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington D.C.’s trendy Georgetown neighborhood and enjoys traveling with his wife, Cathy.

David Quinn, President

DQSQ2David Quinn founded The Auction House of Falls Church with his father, Paul, in 1995. At that time, David was a “one man band,” single handedly building and executing our auctions. Initially, David built one auction per month and in a short time span, expanded to more than one a week. When the business was destroyed by fire in 2004, David’s leadership was critical in recovery efforts. Within hours, he forwarded phone lines to his personal cell phone, began alerting clients of the damage and resolving every case to satisfaction. Like a phoenix from the ashes David has led the exponential growth of the new Quinn’s Auction Galleries year after year propelling Quinn’s to one of Washington’s leading firms. David was instrumental in the acquisition of Waverly Auctions, LLC in 2004 and the movement of that business from Bethesda, MD and its incorporation into Quinn’s Falls Church facility. David is a licensed and bonded Auctioneer by the Commonwealth of Virginia, holds a degree from James Madison University in Communications & Public Relations and has an active interest basketball fueled by working under Basketball Coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell and JMU’s Basketball Team.

Matthew Quinn, Executive Vice President

Matt_1Matthew Quinn played a leading role in the growth and development of Quinn’s Auction Galleries into one of the DC area’s finest antiques and fine art auction firms. Matthew spearheaded the development of Quinn’s Realty & Estate Services division expanding the auction house into a full service firm, focusing on assisting senior citizenswith downsizing and helping families through estate dissolution with sensitivity and a focus on financial preservation. He routinely educates seniors in the Washington DC area on estateplanning. Matthew has been featured on the cover of Antique Trader Magazine in “Generation Next,” an article featuring the youngest leaders in the industry. Nationally, he has appeared on NBC’sToday Show, CNN, and has been written about in trade publications including AntiqueWeek, Antiques & the Arts Weekly and Maine Antiques Digest. He has also led Quinn’s coverage in local publications including Washingtonian Magazine, The New York Daily News, The Washington Times and The Washington Post. He holds a degree in Management from George Mason University’s School of Management, has a passion for food & the culinary arts and can be found frequenting D.C. finest restaurants in between auctions.

Catherine Payling, Director of Waverly Rare Books

Catherine-picture Catherine Payling was, for 15 years, Director-Curator of the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, Italy. She managed the internationally important research library, one of the largest devoted to British and European Romanticism in Europe, and an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and associated items both for the benefit of the general public and specialized researchers. Whilst in Rome she discovered, authenticated and arranged publication (in the USA and Britain) of a Mary Shelley manuscript novella, which had been lost for almost 200 years. Working with museums, auction houses, scholars, and members of the public she became an acknowledged expert both in authentication of manuscript and other material, and in their conservation and preservation. She curated exhibitions with the American Academy in Rome and published extensively on the Anglo-American communities in Italy between 1790 and the present day. In 2003 she was honored by HRH Prince Charles with the MBE for her service to Anglo-Italian relations. Prior to her time in Rome she was a curator in the printed books and manuscripts department at the National Maritime Museum in London, and also worked at the Royal Opera House. She graduated from Oxford University with undergraduate and Masters degrees in English literature and is married to Duncan Wu, Raymond Wagner Professor of Literary Studies at Georgetown University. She and her husband are lifelong collectors of fine and decorative arts.

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360 S. Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia, 22046 • Tel: (703) 532-5632 • Email: info@quinnsauction.com

360 S. Washington Street, Falls Church, Virginia, 22046
Tel: (703) 532-5632