Junior Specialist / Specialist

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$50,000 to $90,000

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2/16/24

THE ROLE

We have multiple opportunities for specialists and junior specialists in American and Native American art. In this role, you will provide overall support to the auction house including but not limited to identification and evaluation of artworks, consignment negotiations, cataloging, client relations, and administration. The role is performed in an office/auction showroom setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Vetting and evaluating artwork for sale inclusion
  • Cataloging of objects to the highest standard (including but not limited to research for bibliography, provenance and exhibition history using libraries, on-line databases, the internet, and internal/external experts such as museum curators, dealers, publishers, etc.).
  • Traveling to client homes or institutions as an auction representative and specialist for sourcing and business development
  • Providing a comprehensive level of services to auction clients
  • Assisting with planning and organizing exhibition of pieces for auction
  • Assisting in pre-sale and post-sale activities
  • Assisting with auction events, including public previews, sale day operations, post-sale services

IDEAL EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Art History, Decorative Arts, Museum Studies or similarly relevant field.  We are specifically seeking demonstrated abilities in the specialty area, including:
    • Current market knowledge
    • Archives and reference sources
    • Condition assessment and reporting, including conservation and restoration standards
  • Strong research skills, excellent attention to detail, thorough organizational ability
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a commitment to an exemplary level of client service
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Strong follow-up skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend auction events
  • Proficient in a database driven environment

This is not intended to be a detailed description of all tasks and job requirements. The job description is subject to change, and other duties may be added or assigned at any time.