West Coast's Largest Full-Service Auction House

Asian Art Assistant

Sapphire, Diamond, 18k White Gold Ring
Sapphire, Diamond, 18k White Gold Ring, Sold for $7,080

Michaan's Auctions is seeking an enthusiastic, organized and detail-oriented Asian Art Assistant to assist with inventory management, language translation, gallery setup, cataloging and daily administrative tasks.

Job Description

  • Receive all incoming Asian art consignments.
  • Catalog and research Asian paintings and prints.
  • Assist the Specialist with identifying signatures and seal marks.
  • Assist the Department and Front Desk in answering general inquiries, condition reports and bidding
  • registration in both English and Chinese.
  • Gallery preview setup - Includes lotting and tagging the Asian art section for each upcoming auction.
  • Preview Staff - Assist potential buyers during auction previews.
  • Telephone bid on behalf of buyers in both English and Chinese.
  • Assist with accounts receivable (payment collections) for overseas Chinese buyers.
  • Press release and advertising translation from English to Chinese for marketing.
  • Data entry and filing.
  • Organize inventory room.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Requirements & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Degree with a focus in Art History, or a strong interest in Art History and/or Asian Art a plus.
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin with excellent reading and writing skills in both; fluency in Cantonese is strongly preferred; knowledge of reading and writing Japanese is a plus.
  • Ability to read Chinese Seal Script and Running Script.
  • Customer service experience is a plus.
  • Strong work ethic, flexibility and dedication.
  • Outstanding organizational, communication and time-management skills.
  • Excellent attention to details and ability to handle high-value property responsibly and respectfully.
  • Ability to lift and move heavy property (at least 20 lbs).
  • Self-motivator who can work independently and as part of a team to solve problems.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Email.


This is a full-time position. Must be available to work during auction weekends and special events.

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter and references to: Lauren Lozada at .