Being an art expert requires the ability to prove the authenticity or not of a work of art. At the same time, you must be able to determine its value. His great role is the valuation of public and private patrimony. For you who aspire to become one, this content concerns you.
The role played by an art expert
Generally, the art experts are solicited in front of the courts, the customs, the insurances, the auctioneers, with regard to the authenticity of a work of art. Their opinion will determine if the work can circulate freely or not. In case of inheritance, a private individual can also call upon an art expert to evaluate a property.
Indeed, the authenticity of a work of art makes it possible to know who produced it, the technique he used and since when the work exists. Works of art being somewhat vast, experts also have their specialties. As specialties in this field, we can note the ceramics, the cabinet making, the engraving, the ancient paintings or the modern ones.
For example, to evaluate a work of art of long standing, it is the specialist in ancient and modern paintings who will be able to give more detailed information on the work.
Ethics and status of an art expert
If you are an art expert, you can work as a freelancer or for a firm specialized in your field of expertise. Also, you can work for an art auction company. The remuneration of an art expert starts from 3 to 8,5 % of the sale price, depending on the clauses of the negotiations.
As for the fees, note that they are set in the range of 400 to 600 euros. An expert who knows his responsibilities and commits them must have a contract with a professional insurance with civil liability. He is automatically subject to a deontology.
Indeed, he is held to prove his sense of equity, his probity, the transparency and the neutrality in his interventions. Above all, he is subject to professional secrecy and therefore cannot disseminate any information classified as top secret.