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Insurance Valuer, Fine Art & Antiques

Posted: 21.11.2023
Contract Type: Full or Part-Time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Negotiable
Location: South West UK
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

Our client is a thriving auction house which has been at the heart of the South West art and antique market for decades, they are seeking an Insurance Valuer to join the team. Their specialist expertise has allowed the business to become the local auctioneers of choice for high value and carefully curated auctions. In addition to the busy calendar of auctions  the team also undertake professional valuation work for insurance purpose. Due to growth in the business the directors are now seeking an experienced Valuer to focus on the management and coordination of the Insurance Valuations part of the business.

Job Summary

The Insurance Valuer for Fine Art and Antiques is responsible for assessing, appraising, and valuing artworks, collectables, antiques, and other valuable items for insurance purposes. The role involves extensive knowledge of art history, antiques, market trends, and valuation methodologies to accurately determine the value of these items for insurance coverage.


  • Valuation Expertise: Conduct detailed examinations and assessments of fine art, antiques, and collectibles to determine their authenticity, condition, provenance, and current market value. Coordinate the valuation¬† bringing in specialist expertise as needed.
  • Research and Analysis: Stay updated with market trends, auction results, and industry developments to ensure accurate valuation and appraisal of various art and antique pieces.
  • Documentation: Prepare comprehensive reports and documentation outlining valuation methodologies, assessment criteria, and findings to support insurance claims and coverage.
  • Client Interaction: Communicate findings and valuation reports to insurance companies, clients, and stakeholders, providing expert advice on insurance coverage and risk management related to valuable items. Representing the business in a positive and professional way.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure compliance with industry standards, legal regulations, and insurance policies while conducting valuations and appraisals.


  • Expertise: Deep knowledge and expertise in art history, antiques, and collectables, with a proven track record in valuing high-value items for insurance purposes.
  • Education: A degree in Art History, Fine Arts, Art Market Appraisal, or a related field is preferred. Professional certifications such as RICS or NAVA are advantageous.
  • Experience: Several years of experience in art appraisal, preferably specialising in fine art and antiques, with a strong understanding of valuation methodologies and market dynamics.
  • Analytical Skills: Strong analytical and research skills to assess and interpret market trends, sales data, and authenticity of items.
  • Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills to articulate valuation reports, interact with clients, and convey complex valuation concepts clearly.


Additional Skills:

  • Attention to Detail: Meticulous attention to detail is crucial when assessing the condition, provenance, and authenticity of valuable items.
  • Technology Proficiency: Familiarity with relevant software and databases used in the valuation and appraisal process.
  • Full Driving Licence and access to a vehicle.