Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury. Sotheby’s promotes access to and ownership of exceptional art and luxury objects through auctions and buy-now channels including private sales, e-commerce and retail. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by an industry-leading technology platform and a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 70 categories which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Design, as well as collectible cars and real estate. Sotheby’s believes in the transformative power of art and culture and is committed to making our industries more inclusive, sustainable and collaborative.


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


Cataloguing works for consignment:

  • Researching and cataloguing objects to the highest standard, including physical inspection and documentation of works as well as provenance and academic research for each work
  • Preparation of footnotes/essays and talking points for each work
  • Assisting with research and object vetting, both internally and with external experts
  • Assisting in facilitating conservation projects
  • Preparing condition reports

Assisting in the catalogue production process for designated projects:

  • Assisting with catalogue layouts as needed
  • Liaising with the Catalogue Production department and other support departments, adhering to deadlines
  • Maintaining active communication with Specialists and Sale Manager to ensure seamless catalogue photography and catalogue layout processes, including alerting relevant colleagues to logistical, installation, condition or authenticity issues pertaining to specific works

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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, ideally in relevant area of study/interest
  • 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 multitask

The proposed base salary for this position is 60,000 plus overtime. In addition to base salary successful candidates are eligible to receive a discretionary bonus, as well as a competitive benefits package. Salary offers are based on a wide range of factors including relevant skills, training, experience, education, and, where applicable, licensure or certifications obtained. Market and organizational factors are also considered. 

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