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Head of Department - 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design

Job Details

  • Posted:9th May, 2024
  • Sector:Fine Art & Gallery
  • Location:London, Greater London, United Kingdom
  • Job Ref:17448
  • Salary:Competitive + Benefits
We are working alongside an international and highly reputable auction house to assist in their search for a Head of Department for 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead and exemplify strong management skills to enhance productivity within the 20th Century Decorative Arts Department.
  • Proven “Business Getting” experience, with a demonstrated history of meeting consignment targets.
  • Ensure timely support in cataloguing and production of catalogues to meet printing and distribution deadlines.
  • Provide expert assistance in cataloguing for all sales, with a focus on decorative arts items including furniture, ceramics, glass, and metalware from the 20th century.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with collectors, decorators, and institutions with interests in modern and contemporary decorative arts.
  • Achieve budgeted commission levels and actively monitor departmental financials.
  • Cultivate positive relationships with trade and professional associations to further department growth.
  • Actively seek out new business opportunities and maintain a robust database of buyers and vendors.
  • Ensure the department complies with all contractual obligations to buyers and vendors.
  • Host and entertain clients as required to build and maintain strong customer relationships.
  • Oversee the 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design department's budget and optimize spending to maximize benefits.
Skills Required:
  • A degree in Art History, Design, or a related field with a specialization in 20th Century Decorative Arts.
  • Proven track record of leadership in a similar role or extensive experience in the auction business, specifically in decorative arts.
  • Demonstrated expertise in 20th Century Decorative Arts, including a deep understanding of movements such as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, design.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of key artists and designers.
  • Established connections with major dealers, collectors, and curators in the field of modern and contemporary decorative arts.
  • Ability to travel as needed for business development, client visits, and collection assessments.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), organizational, and networking skills.
  • Proficiency in IT and database management tools.

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