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Restitution Researcher
Restitution Researcher
Christie's
Post Date: 03 Nov 2021

JOB OVERVIEW

The Role

The mission of Christie’s Restitution is to prevent objects that have provenance issues and unaddressed ownership claims relating to Nazi-era historical losses from knowingly circulating on the art market.  We seek to resolve such provenance issues through research and claims resolution, as a neutral intermediary.

The role of Restitution Researcher will primarily focus upon vetting sales to identify any lots that have provenance questions and/or recorded claims, and working with senior staff on in-depth research and resolution.

Specific duties & responsibilities will include but are not limited to;

  • Executing due diligence checks on consigned property; including cross-referencing databases, maintaining records, checking archives and library work.
  • Executing and supporting in-depth research into collectors, collections and objects to support future sales and claims discussions.
  • Researching and inputting into restitution databases; maintaining integrity of information.
  • Assisting in preparation of management reports as directed.
  • Maintaining departmental library and materials.
  • Contributing to training programs.
  • Team administration and support of Vienna office.
  • Other projects as directed.
     

The Candidate

  • Good art historical knowledge and understanding of the events of the Nazi-era.
  • Familiarity with restitution issues and provenance research.
  • Fluent German and English, Good French; other languages desirable.
  • Meticulous and focused approach with a strong eye for detail.
  • Team player with an ability to work with all departments at Christie’s.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
     

Close Date: 14 November

JOB DETAILS

Location
Vienna, Austria

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