About Us

Founded in 1991, Matthew Clayton Brown has been providing appraisal services for our client’s insurance, estate and fair market value needs since its inception. Auctions, including estate and specialty sales, have further enhanced our ability to assist our clients.

In addition to appraisals and auctions, our experienced staff can advise you regarding your collection. Whether acquiring works of art for your collection or implementing a sales strategy for the dispersal of one, we are well positioned to offer invaluable advice. Our company has qualified specialists with a wealth of knowledge in the areas of fine and decorative arts, antiques and personal property.

The Birmingham Museum of Art
BP Amoco
Chevron/Texaco Corporation
Chubb Insurance
Entergy Corporation
5th Circuit Court of Appeals, New Orleans
H.L. Hawkins Collection, New Orleans
The Lupin Collection
The New Orleans Museum of Art
Estate of Sunny Norman, New Orleans
R. Randolph Richmond Collection, New Orleans
Smithsonian Institute
State Farm Insurance


Stephen W. ClaytonVice-President, Stephen W. Clayton, is a member of the Appraisers Association of America. He has over 25 years experience in the field of art with a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Georgia. Mr. Clayton has served as a private consultant since 1978 and continues to share his vast knowledge as a consultant to various organizations and museums, such as the Birmingham Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Amistad Foundation, Billups Foundation, and the Lupin Foundation. He has also served as an art historian and cataloger for the New Orleans Auction Galleries and the Napoleonic Society of America.

Marie Louise de la VergneMarie Louise de la Vergne has attended Sotheby’s Institute for American Fine and Decorative Art and New York University for Fine and Decorative Arts Appraisal.  She has worked at Sotheby’s New York and Neal Auction Company.  She is also a licensed and bonded auctioneer in the state of Louisiana.

Robyn Dunn SchwarzRobyn Dunn Schwarz was Assistant Vice President of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department, New York, for 9 years. Prior to this, she worked with George Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, a leading art dealer specializing in California paintings, and Nedra Matteucci’s Fenn Galleries, Santa Fe. Robyn has a BA in Art History and French Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as an MBA from City University of New York, Baruch College.

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Matthew Clayton Brownphone: (504) 522-5058email: info@mclaytonbrown.com1724 St. Andrew Street, New Orleans, LA 70113