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Specialist - Arms and Armour

Job Details

  • Posted:14th December, 2023
  • Sector:Fine Art & Gallery
  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Job Ref:17113
  • Salary:Competitive Salary
We have partnered with a prestigious Auction House on their search for a Specialist – Arms and Armour.

Responsibilities:
  • Sourcing, researching and cataloguing items for Arms and Armour collectors sales
  • The Specialist point of contact for lots pertaining to Arms and Armour, receiving inquiries and frequently communicating with the Consultant in this domain
  • Preparing property details for meetings to ascertain value and condition and make any necessary amendments
  • Investigating the origin of items for assessment and those consigned to sale, consulting with experts and advisors regarding authenticity and auction/insurance values
  • Writing essays, footnotes for the catalogue, and proposal entries
  • Assisting with press calls, arranging gallery setup for Arms and Armour sales, attending auction previews and weekend views, placing phone bids on sale days
  • Coordinating with in-house photographers on the photography of sale objects 
  • Preparing condition reports ahead of the catalogue's online launch and sending them directly to clients
  • Effectively responding to client inquiries via phone, in person, and email
  • Arranging insurance valuations and providing reports and research to the relevant Specialist
  • Prospective UK business acquisition or valuation assignments
  • Working with the marketing manager to coordinate marketing for the Arms and Armour sale
  • Assisting with catalogue management, including photo research, sourcing images, proofing, catalogue design, lotting up the sale, and ensuring that special terms in proposals are honoured; being aware of catalogue legalities, such as lot symbol and copyright
  • Development of the social media account
  • Creating customised target emails to promote upcoming auctions and particular lot
  • Nurturing current relationships and forming new ones with clients
  • Helping with shipping coordination and shipping quotes in cooperation with the Administrator
  • Helping the Administrator with stock management, monitoring consignments and dispatches both before and after the sale
  • Keeping files and documents organised for clients, sales, and outside consultants
  • Maintaining library and reference materials
  • General administrative duties to maintain the department's efficiency
  • Develop Specialist skills according to Senior department members' advice and guidance

Skills Required:
  • At least 3 years of experience with an Auction House
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • Demonstrated interest in Arms and Armour as collectibles, with a passion for the field and an unwavering ambition to become a valuable contributor to the specialised team
  • The highest discretion for upcoming projects, celebrity clients, artist management, and VIPs both internally and externally
  • Experience with social media
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Computer skills

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