The art of the perfect fit

Cataloguer, Modern British/20th Century

Posted: 19.05.2022
Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Dependent on experience
Location: London, UK
Job description:

Our client, an auction house in London, are seeking a full time Cataloguer to join the team. The successful candidate will be diligent, enthusiastic and passionate to join the Modern British & 20th Century Art department. This is a full-time position and based in-house within the auction rooms. This is a busy and hands on role and the perfect candidate would have language skills, an interest in urban and contemporary art, some previous experience in cataloguing and the desire to grow their skills and knowledge within these areas.


This position is to provide support to the Head of Department in all aspects of the consignment, cataloguing and auction process to enable the continued growth and success of the department.


  • Write catalogue descriptions for both Modern British & 20th Century Art & Modern Home auctions as required
  • An interest in urban and contemporary art with a view to working towards managing this section of the auction
  • Assisting with valuation enquiries in person and via email
  • Pre and post-sale administration in-house and with clients
  • Liaising with experts and specialists to obtain authentication (predominantly French and Italian)
  • Providing assistance and support to the head of department as required
  • Writing catalogue notes and undertaking research
  • Conducting condition reports
  • Assisting with setting up the auction; liaising with the head of department about star lots
  • Organising preview events
  • Viewing and auction day duties

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent within the Arts
  • At least one year’s experience in cataloguing Modern British & 20th Century Art
  • Language skills desirable preferably French and Italian
  • Interest in Urban and Contemporary Art
  • Experience within an auction house with a good understanding of the auction process preferred
  • Ability to maintain composure in a stressful environment and meet deadlines
  • Driven with a positive and can-do attitude
  • Manual handling experience
  • An all-round team player who is happy to contribute to assist and enable the success of the department wherever required
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills