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Art/Antiques Dealers

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Connemara, May 7, 2006.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Is anyone on the board involved in this field? I'm curious as to the estate & insurance evaluation aspect of the arts world. Does it pay well? What are hours like at one of the fine art dealers in NYC?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. YoungFogey

    YoungFogey Senior member

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    The hours are not bad, but you cannot imagine how poor the pay is, how poorly you're treated, and how dysfunctional and unprofessional many of the people you work for will be.
     
  3. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    LuckyStrike works in that field.

    Most of the money is made by working directly as a dealer and it depends on the type of of art you deal in. Old Masters, 18th century French objet d'arts, furniture, and Chinese art tends to be highly respected and has a high turnover.

    I don't know about the logistical aspects of the business such as the insurance evaluations.
     
  4. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Senior member

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    I found this good, but very general article on the webpages of BADA, and I have to say I find it fairly accurate and true. When it comes to the insurance valuation part of the job, this is very often done by specialised experts in the variuous fields, typically done as a side-line by auction houses, specialist dealers or sometimes free-lancers. Cataloguing and organising private or public collections with no eye on the value, on the other hand, is more often done by specialists without commercial backgrounds. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about breaking into the buisiness - if you love quality in material objects, it's a very rewarding profession to be in - you actually get to handle and sniff the objects, as opposed to what you would if you worked in a museum. ( http://www.bada.org/advice_careers.html )
     
  5. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    There is a Lalique dealer, who is the foremost expert on the glass, and wrote an authoritative text, who perhaps could be said to lack flair in terms of amicable relations. He is imperious.
     

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