Posted:  11 April 2022
New York, NY – Hybrid


Based in New York City, the function of our Fine Art Appraiser is to catalogue, value, research and/or review all fine art the firm is contracted to value for appraisal. In addition to being abreast of current market trends, you are a skilled appraiser gifted at researching, writing, and proofing, who will refine and format appraisal reports to ensure style consistency, USPAP compliance, and alignment with AAA, USPAP and the IRS code of ethics.

Assisting with major and minor collection valuations this role will also coordinate with all specialist appraisers leading the due diligence and expertise process fielding queries that only another appraiser can answer, as well as support efforts of new business initiatives, client service, advisory and development channels requiring knowledge of client relationship management, and relevant industry markets to work in closely with leadership and a wide variety of international specialists. Further, this integral team member will aid with ongoing project efforts providing general assistance with a variety of duties dictated by size, scope, deadline, needs of the project, the appraisal, and the client.

*NOTE: Only those applicants who are AAA, ISA or ASA certified appraisers or who hold an advanced degree in fine art (MA or PhD) will be considered

APPRAISAL RESPONSIBILITIES (include but are not limited to):
  • Catalogue property for appraisal and valuation to the highest of standards
  • Research property for comparables, bibliography, provenance, and exhibition history using libraries, on-line databases, the internet, and outside experts (such as curators, dealers, publishers, etc.) as necessary for proper valuation and cataloguing
  • Participate in on-site inspections to determine initial appraisal validity, value, condition, and marketability of artwork.
  • Initiate, produce and manage appraisal process; correspond with necessary specialists and clients to finalize or communicate findings and conclusions
  • Proof, edit and prepare all final appraisal reports before submission to Managing Director for sign-off and issuance to client; ensure content, design, layout and style are consistent and correct, market/lot analysis and comparable details are accurate, and that report format meets Art Peritus guidelines and USPAP compliance
  • Contribute to ongoing accuracy and maintenance of Art Peritus client data, project archives, appraisal work-files, comparable and image library records, assisting with requests for images from external specialists or clients
  • Review general queries related to valuation of works for appraisal or advisory purposes, including responses to phone and written requests to determine viability; work with in-house and external specialists on valuations, with close follow-up on valued property that is not yet contracted
    • Develop own specialist knowledge to continuously build credibility, build an understanding and awareness of the current market within and outside your area of expertise and of the key players within our industry
  • Support Managing Director and Director of Appraisals with long-term valuations, proposals, and projects
BUSINESS & ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES (include but are not limited to):
  • Work on appraisals as a means of generating, identifying, and maintaining relationships or building business opportunities with all client types (current or inactive), including the ability to work with major clients in the appraisal or advisory of high value property
  • Act as a trusted advisor to priority clients with the utmost discretion, anticipating needs and understanding their interests; facilitate introductions to and engagement with relevant specialists, promoting cross channel and cross category opportunities
  • Develop proposal strategies, as well as prepare, and produce proposals in support of business development initiatives
  • Collaborate with Project Managers, to coordinate appraisals, prepare or solicit job quotes, track hours, support resolution of budget related issues, required conservation, shipping, etc as needed by client or as the project necessitates
  • Active participation in sourcing and selling of Art Peritus services to clients and within the art community, build alliances and networks of key industry influencers; view and visit venues (ie auctions, galleries) on behalf of Art Peritus and our clients to track results of purchases or consignments the firm has facilitated; attend events, exhibitions, and fairs relevant to the industry and your area of expertise
  • Identify and track marketing opportunities or client promises ensuring privacy and legal requirements are compliant; work collaboratively with team to produce marketing & social media materials used to source and target traditional and new client types
  • Deepen knowledge of Art Peritus services and relevant legalities related to USPAP and IRS compliance.
  • Collaborate with a wide variety of Specialists to expand knowledge and industry experience
  • Support the effort and expansion of Art Peritus brand awareness and services
  • Liaise with seasoned industry influencers and prominent clients to gain knowledge, and understanding related to your craft, the market, and our organizational growth.
  • Continuing education and professional development as approved by leadership
CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS (required and preferred):
  • Appraisers Certification from recognized association (ie AAA, ISA or ASA) and/or advanced degree ie Master’s or PhD in Art History / Fine Art from an accredited university, Christie’s Education or Sotheby’s Institute is required
  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience in a high-volume deadline driven environment ie auction house setting or similar is essential will be given preference
  • USPAP compliance a plus+
  • Possess deep academic knowledge and demonstrable experience in appraising fine art, research skills, market expertise, and be able to value property across all periods, mediums, and origins to value property for FMV, RRV etc. with thorough organizational ability, and keen eye for detail
  • Tech savvy and strong ability to learn Art Peritus database systems and business practices
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite required
  • Confidence to effectively present information and respond to queries with superior written and spoken communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and client service skills, sensitive to client confidentiality
  • Required to handle, inspect and/or photograph works of art in a variety of conditions, spaces, and environments; as well as create written or recorded descriptions
  • A cooperative team player who can receive and implement feedback, work under tight deadlines, and remain calm in challenging situations
  • Strong project management skills including ability to multi-task, prioritize workload, manage multiple processes, and follow-up with acute attention to detail
  • A thorough and focused self-starter with the proven ability to initiate business and new ideas, and the curiosity, passion, commitment to continually develop their expertise
  • Possess a strong business acumen and financial literacy with ability to compile and analyze data
  • Based in New York City, hold a valid driver’s license, with willingness and flexibility to travel
  • Flexibility to work outside traditional business hours when necessary
  • Secondary language a plus

*Relocation assistance is not provided

Reports to: Managing Director & Director of Appraisals

Terms of Employment: Full-Time, Permanent, $50-90k, Full Medical, 401k match, PTO, Life & Disability

How To Apply

IMPORTANT – Work samples are required, we want to make sure you can walk the walk and not just talk the talk! All will be reviewed as part of your interview process.

Still interested? Send the following to careers at artperitus dot com with your letter of interest and resume (PDF format)

  • 3 professional references including name, title, business, phone, email and your connection
  • Be prepared to share 2-3 sample appraisals you have written and researched that are USPAP compliant, include comps and a market analysis specific to your area of expertise as part of the interview process