Job Title: Head of Old Master Paintings and Drawings
Responsible for: No direct reports
Purpose of job: Overall responsibility for the sale of Old Master Paintings and Drawings in line with the department and business year-on-year growth objectives
Main contacts: Internal: Executive and Managing Directors, other specialist departments (especially Modern and Post-War British Art, 19th and 20th Century Paintings and Portrait Miniatures, Urban & Contemporary Art, and Interiors, Homes and Antiques), client liaison and other business functions especially marketing and communications
External: Collectors, dealers, galleries, other auction houses
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Based at Chiswick HQ but with frequent visits to Chiswick South Kensington
Driven by the enthusiasm and savoir-faire of the current head of department, over the last two years our Old Master sales have grown markedly in stature and expertise. Strong research skills, carefully considered attributions, and the development of close relationships with a wide range of experts in the field, have ensured consistently strong consignments and excellent results in our thrice-yearly sales featuring both oils and works on paper.
Engagement with the trade and Christie’s and Sotheby’s Old Master Departments has proved especially fruitful, as has the development of our client base abroad, notably in France and Italy. Time has been spent too nurturing relationships with private collectors, attracted to Chiswick Auctions for our accessibility and client service. OMP viewings are regularly attended by the leading gallerists and dealers from the West End, and our sales ardently followed online by buyers around the world.
For an expert passionate about the field, keen to grow their expertise, who has a commercial eye and a strong understanding of the breadth and depth of the Old Master tradition, this is a golden opportunity to shine: to pick up the baton left by our outgoing head of sale and develop their existing network of private and trade contacts within the UK, across the Continent and beyond.
Chiswick Auctions is a privately owned, well-established London auction house that is fast becoming a major player in the international art market. With 20 specialist departments, regular dedicated and themed sales are held across a breadth of specialisms. In addition, monthly Interiors, Homes and Antiques sales contribute to a busy calendar of 100 auctions per year.
The main headquarters is based in Chiswick, with a showroom in South Kensington (CSK), and with regular valuation events held in the UK, Italy and Greece. Chiswick Auctions employs around 55 staff.
We are seeking to appoint a Head of Old Master Paintings and Drawings. This Head of Sale position works alongside the Head of 19th and 20th Century Paintings and Portrait Miniatures, the Head of Post-War and Modern British Art and other specialists and department coordinators all overseen by the Head of Paintings and Fine Art. The postholder will be responsible for putting together three Old Master sales per year, which typically include paintings from the Renaissance to the Romanic period of British and European paintings and drawings, with a target of £150k per sale.
Areas of Responsibility
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Strategic and business development
Consignments, valuations, cataloguing, pre and post-sale responsibilities
Essential qualifications skills and experience
Desirable knowledge, skills and experience