So my two-week work placement at Christie’s was over this week. It was an amazing experience which helped to understand how the art auctioning is done and the process of how Art World works. There were ups and downs during these two weeks, but this experience was worth it. I am really grateful to the professors at university, who allowed me and gave me the chance to undertake this amazing placement.
During my second week, I had a chance to study drawings and move forward with research. Moreover I was able to see the results of my work, as the exhibition (highlights for future auction) was put together. It’s unbelievable how you become ‘in love’ with pieces that you have studied while doing research. I learned my way through archiving and the way of work getting catalogued in order to proceed to the auction. When you work there you do not even realise how huge as the company, and you feel that even the smallest part of work has its own impact of how well the art piece or anything else will do at auction sale. Through this experience I have also learned that you need to pay a lot of attention to even the smallest details, as one mistake can become crucial for the success of the sale.
I have enriched my art vocabulary as well as I have learned some specific terms that are used at auction houses, as for example ‘hilling’, ‘provenance’, etc. The people surrounded me in the office helped me to feel that I was a part of ‘Christies’, they taught me and were really knowledgeable and patient while explaining the processes (which I suppose was really hard, due to their busy days before sale).
It was a great opportunity to be able to learn and help the best specialists of the art world. It’s helped me to realize what I actually want to do within my art degree, and hopefully in my nearest future I will proceed with my career in arts and auctioning.