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Cataloguer, Old Master Paintings
Cataloguer, Old Master Paintings
Post Date: 05 Mar 2022



Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury. Synonymous with innovation, Sotheby’s promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare objects through auctions, private sales and retail locations. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 50 categories, which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors, among many others.


Job Title:                         Cataloguer, Old Master Paintings

Reporting to:                 Head of Research, Old Master Paintings

Department:                 Old Master Division

Location:                         34–35 New Bond Street, London

Key Objectives:             To catalogue, organise, plan and lead on the mid-season and online sales; to catalogue and research Old Master paintings in the Day and Evening sales; to assist and in certain cases lead valuations and in due course to gather business for the above sales at New Bond Street

Responsibilities include:

  • Cataloguing and researching items for the Old Master sales, encompassing European paintings from the late 13th to early 19th centuries:
    • Taking an independent approach to the research and cataloguing of objects to the highest standard according to scheduled deadlines
    • Corresponding with external experts
    • Writing condition reports
  • Delivering the mid-season programme, including cataloguing, production, marketing and targeting/ selling
  • Digital catalogue production for mid-season and online sales, including:
    • Lot order and layouts
    • Liaising with Sale Manager, Catalogue Production and other support departments (design; colour-checking; proofing)
    • Producing marketing material
  • Dealing with day-to-day client enquiries at the counter, through the online enquiry portal, by email and on the telephone
  • Responding to estimate enquiries, general correspondence and photo requests
  • Developing and managing client relationships
  • Assisting the Senior Experts with the research of paintings in private collections for valuations, proposals and other purposes
  • Assisting with the maintenance of the OMP library and archive system
  • Operating at all times in accordance with the company’s rules on compliance and corporate Governance.

Skills / Competencies / Experience:

  • Education to degree level in History of Art (BA or MA)
  • Strong experience in Old Masters, ideally in an auction environment
  • Excellent research skills
  • The ability to summarise research and communicate well in writing
  • Knowledge of at least one other European language
  • The ability to work effectively individually and in a team and to ‘pitch in’ when required
  • Good team working skills with the ability to both delegate and provide senior members of staff and colleagues with support
  • Be able to demonstrate a strong record in client relationship management and a sensitive approach to problem solving
  • Possess high levels of integrity and be able to operate within corporate governance and legal framework
  • Be self-motivated with a proactive approach
  • Ability to work well under pressure and a flexible approach to a wide range of tasks
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a commitment to an exemplary level of client service
  • Strong organisational skills with proven ability of meeting deadlines

Candidate Privacy Notice

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment without regard to race (including, without limitation, traits historically associated with race, such as natural hair, hair texture, and protective and treated or untreated hairstyles), color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership/union status, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic predisposition, genetic information, reproductive health decision, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, alienage or citizenship status, domestic violence victim status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province or local law. The Company complies with applicable state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which it operates.


London, UK

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