7 days ago
  • Level Junior
  • Professions Writer, Researcher
  • Type Full Time
  • Location Mayfair, London W1J 6EX, UK


Phillips is an international auction house, conducting sales of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Modern & Contemporary Editions, Jewels and Watches. Phillips is currently seeking an organised and motivated individual to fulfil a full-time Cataloguer position within our 20th Century and Contemporary Art department.

Based in London, the primary focus of the position will be to research and catalogue all works consigned to the 20th Century & Contemporary Art sales, alongside assisting the Head of Sale and specialists with coordinating sales, valuations, cataloguing and researching property.

The candidate will be responsible for:
(Duties include but are not limited to the following)

· Researching property including authenticity, bibliography, provenance and exhibition history for auction, valuation, and private sale using libraries, online databases, the internet and outside experts.
· Compiling relevant auction comparables for Specialist pricing meetings.
· Proofing and completing all research for cataloguing using auction standards and review with Head of Sale and/or Senior Specialist.
· Researching and providing all relevant information using auction standards for use in marketing material, valuations and proposals.
· Coordinating and acting as a key contact for relevant departments during the production of marketing material, valuations and proposals.
· Cataloguing property for auction, valuation, and private sale using auction standards.
· Researching and writing catalogue notes and other marketing material where appropriate.
· Preparing property for property review meetings with Head of Sale and Senior Specialists to determine value, condition and marketability, and amend cataloguing to state changes.
· Preparing condition reports and reviewing with Head of Sale and Senior Specialist, where appropriate.
· Assisting with catalogue production and layout, including photography coordination and copyright clearance for comparative images.
· Sending out special interest letters (cataloguing, provenance, expertise confirmation and approval).
· Creating detailed ‘selling packs’ using market research for all sales where relevant
· Assisting in the viewing room during sale week and assisting clients at the valuation desk, via e-mail, telephone and on-site.
· Discussing artworks with specialists, other staff and clients.
· Spearheading the organisation, cataloguing and augmentation of the departmental library.
· Acting as the main specialist point of contact for departmental interns.
· Other ad hoc duties as assigned by Manager

The successful candidate will be highly organised with the ability to keep calm while dealing with multiple tasks in extremely high-pressure situations with strict deadlines, with the ability to prioritise effectively and adjust with change. Punctual and flexible, they will also be able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team. The candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to communicate in a professional manner with a wide variety of people. Alongside this, the candidate will also have superior essay and academic writing skills, with strong attention to detail and an exceptional level of accuracy. The candidate will be computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office software, with the ability to learn Phillips’ internal processes and systems and follow processes for obtaining relevant permissions and/or payments relating to property.

A Bachelor’s degree in History of Art or other relevant subject, with a proven interest and an understanding of 20th Century and Contemporary Art is essential, as is a fluency in English language skills – both verbal and written. A minimum of two years professional experience within the same industry is required and languages in additional to English are desirable.

Hours of work are 40hpw (9am to 6pm) with the flexibility to undertake additional hours on evenings and weekends, including our events, as required. Occasional travel to our warehouse and to libraries is also required.

Salary is competitive.

To apply for this position, please send a copy of your CV with cover letter and a writing sample (no longer than 500 words) on your favourite piece of 20th Century / Contemporary Art.

Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 23rd August 2019

Skills Required

  • Academic Writing

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