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Pictures Specialist, Auction House

Posted: 26.06.2023
Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Negotiable
Location: Home Counties UK
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

A fantastic opportunity to work in a dynamic and growing Fine Art department, we are seeking a Pictures Specialist. The successful candidate will be focusing on the yearly three Old Master, British and European Art sales, and contributing to six online sales. This role includes managing valuations, cataloguing, researching, writing condition reports, and liaising directly with clients and colleagues to provide excellent client service. The successful applicant will have relevant cataloguing experience in all aspects of a busy picture department.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend off-site valuations, including probate, sale, and insurance and provide our valuations team with notes and estimates
  • Co-ordinate online and walk-in valuations
  • Source items for Old Master, British & European Art sales
  • Catalogue Old Master, British & European Art sales, online and other sales
  • Liaise with external experts with relevant queries / for authentication
  • Oversee pre-sale viewing
  • Write and email condition reports, discuss items with potential buyers
  • Assist with catalogue production (including proof reading, and writing notes etc)
  • Contribute to pre- and post-sale marketing and administration efforts
  • Participate in auction day activities g. phone bidding and auctioneering (subject to experience).

Skills & Experience:

  • Graduate in Art History or comparable
  • Experience as a picture specialist in an auction house
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • A willingness to learn and support every aspect of the department
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Computer literate