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Senior Specialist - 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design

Job Details

  • Posted:9th May, 2024
  • Sector:Fine Art & Gallery
  • Location:London, Greater London, United Kingdom
  • Job Ref:17449
  • Salary:Competitive + Benefits
We are working alongside an international and highly reputable auction house to assist in their search for a Senior Specialist for 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Conduct detailed appraisals and write scholarly catalog entries for a variety of 20th century decorative arts objects.
  • Assist with the acquisition and consignment of high-quality pieces, ensuring a diverse and appealing selection for auctions.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with collectors, dealers, and other stakeholders in the modern and contemporary decorative arts market.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of departmental sales strategies to meet and exceed financial targets.
  • Contribute to the production and proofreading of auction catalogues to ensure accuracy and appeal.
  • Represent The Auction House at external events, including fairs, exhibitions, and other relevant gatherings, to enhance the company's reputation and network.
  • Provide expert advice and market insights to clients and colleagues, fostering an informed and enthusiastic departmental atmosphere.
  • Stay informed of market trends and academic research in the field of 20th century decorative arts to maintain a competitive edge.
  • Support the department head in daily operations and strategic planning.
Skills Required:
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Art History, Design, or a related field, with a focus on 20th century decorative arts.
  • Several years of professional experience in a related role, preferably within an auction house or a major gallery specializing in modern and contemporary design.
  • Extensive knowledge of 20th century decorative arts, with particular expertise in significant movements and designers within the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau & Art Deco periods.
  • Proven experience in the valuation, negotiation, and sale of high-quality decorative arts objects.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, especially in appraisal and research tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and client service skills.
  • Proficiency in using IT systems relevant to the auction business, including inventory and client management software.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.

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