NYC,NY; Associate Cataloguer, Sotheby’s


Working as part of the 20th Century Design Department as a Cataloguer, this individual will work closely with the Head of Sale and other Specialists in New York in cataloguing and coordinating the sales.


The primary responsibilities of the role include:

Preparing sales catalogues:

  • Researching and cataloguing objects to the highest standard
  • Preparation of footnotes
  • Assisting with research and object vetting, both internally and with external experts
  • Preparing condition reports
  • Preparing sales catalogues
  • Assisting with catalogue layouts as needed

Assisting in the catalogue production process for designated projects:

  • Liaising with the Catalogue Production department and other support departments, adhering to deadlines
  • Ensuring that photography of objects is completed in a timely manner and to the artistic and style standards expected of the department
  • Color-proofing of catalogue images

Aside from the primary cataloguing responsibilities, this role also includes the following tasks:

  • Assisting the department with valuations and appraisal projects, including data entry
  • Learning to evaluate works for auction and appraisal purposes
  • Assisting the department in day-to-day projects, sale preparation and client management
  • Liaise and coordinate with Proposals and Marketing departments as needed
  • Providing a comprehensive level of service to Sotheby’s clients.  This includes responding to day-to-day client queries and maintaining client contact
  • Responding to client estimate requests via phone and written response
  • Assisting in selling the sale by helping clients at the exhibition; speaking to clients about the property; develop, track and communicate client interest in lots; and execute bids at the sale
  • Participating in the New York arts community –social and art world events e.g. gallery and museum openings, increase network of contacts and relationships within this market.


  • 2 years of experience in the art world is preferred (also auction house experience preferred)
  • Good, general knowledge of 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design
  • Self-starter
  • A team player with excellent communication skills
  • Thorough and focused, with a passion and commitment to learning about and working in the field
  • Professional and discreet client service skills
  • Excellent writing, proof-reading and organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain composure in a stressful environment and meet frequent deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task

About UWiSchool

Student & Alumni Services Coordinator for the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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