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Cataloguer, Private Sales
Cataloguer, Private Sales
Post Date: 08 Nov 2022


The Company

Christie’s, the world’s largest Art Business, is an incredibly exciting & enriching place to start or continue your career. Whether you work within one of our Specialist Art Departments or in our more Operational focused teams we are all working together with one common goal in mind: to continue the success of this 250 year old company, steeped in history, bringing constant innovation whilst not forgetting our age old values; Passionate Expertise, Exceptional Client Service, Teamwork, Integrity, Business Judgement & Innovation.

The Role

Based at Christie’s King Street, London, the Cataloguer position contributes to the production and execution of all private sale material for the Impressionist Department in EMEA. Responsibilities include processing the consigned works of art for sale, including research, preparation of catalogue essays, expertise and provenance checks, ALR clearance; coordination of photography, and varying duties as required by the Head of Private Sales.

Specific duties & responsibilities will include but are not limited to

  • Research property for bibliography, provenance and exhibition history using libraries, on-line databases, the internet, and outside experts (such as curators, dealers, publishers, etc.)
  • Catalogue property for private sales using methods listed above in complete and proofed Christie’s format
  • Write and prepare catalogue essays as well as speaking points
  • Flag any authenticity and restitution concerns and condition issues in timely manner to appropriate specialist
  • Submit catalogue entry to internal Restitution team and/or Art Loss Registry as appropriate
  • Coordinate photography, framing, matting, and restoration
  • Maintain property images in media library, Collectrium, PS APP and JDE (monitor progress, liaise with photo studio on missing images, deadline constraints)
  • Proof all cataloguing with the Head of Private Sales
  • Prepare property for “hilling sessions” (meetings to determine value, condition and marketability of property); and amend catalogue sheets after “hilling sessions”
  • Prepare condition reports in the system and forward to clients upon request
  • Assist with creation of enhanced fact-sheets
  • Keep all property details organized and filed in specific folders
  • Coordinate Private Sales exhibitions in EMEA with Heads of Private Sales and prepare promotional materials
  • Assist clients in galleries during Private Sales exhibitions
  • Assist business-getters in preparing documents for potential consignments (e.g. proposals, appraisals)
  • Track sale cost expenditures relating to photography, framing, restoration, and liaise with the Private Sale Coordinator to ensure execution of payment to suppliers
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Press teams to oversee the campaigns and manage social media platforms
  • Drive internal communications surrounding IMP private sale sourcing
  • Greet/visit clients on-site and off-site to support appraisal, consignment and sale efforts
  • Participate in Telephone Bidding with clients during the auction
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager

The Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, modern & contemporary art category preferred, or equivalent work experience; Master’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of the category with market awareness and commercial acumen
  • In depth appreciation of the International Markets, competitors, collections and with a view and perspective on future growth opportunities
  • Knowledge of E-mail, Spreadsheet, Word Processing and Presentation software (Microsoft Office preferred)
  • Ability to learn Christie’s systems including COS, JDE, intranet and website
  • Strong typing skills
  • Proactive and collegiate approach to work
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior written and spoken communication
  • Fluency in English essential; French or German language skills desirable
  • Superior client service skills
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Strong follow-up skills with attention to detail

Closing date: 20th November 2022


London, UK

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