Agnieszka Perche, class of 2009, attended the LFSF from 1 st to 12 th grade, literature section. She is a Junior Specialist at Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers & Appraisers in New York City.
LFSF: What is Bonhams? Can you explain what a Junior Specialist is?
Bonhams is an international auction house, like Sotheby’s or Christie’s, that sells works of art and collectibles from a variety of departments ranging from fine art to jewelry, design and even cars!
Currently, I am a Junior Specialist in the Impressionist & Modern Art Department. My responsibility is to do all the research on works of art to ensure their authenticity before including them in an auction in either London or New York.
LFSF: What is the most exciting for you there? traveling, researching, training to be an auctioneer?
Our auctions in New York happen every six months, so we work on a seasonal basis. We travel to collectors’ homes to find paintings, research and then prepare an auction catalog for the exhibition that happens right before the sale. I must admit that every part is very exciting! Whether traveling, handling the works, researching, or meeting new collectors, there is always a unique discovery that will make your auction stand out. Last year, for example, we found a very rare cut-out by Henri Matisse that was thought to be lost. It turned out, that not only it wasn’t lost, it was in perfect condition hanging in a private collection since 1968! It was a privilege to work to so closely with such an emblematic piece by the artist.
LFSF: How did you find that position?
After getting my Bachelor in Art History from McGill, I did a series of internships in Paris and London at both Sotheby’s and Bonhams. When I moved to New York, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position in the Impressionist & Modern department and continue working with the same team I worked with in London.
LFSF: How do you see yourself in a few years?
I hope to continue growing within the department and becoming a Senior Specialist. The benefit of this field is that it is endless with always something to learn and discover.
LFSF: When at LFSF, you were studying literature and languages, has it helped you in your career?
Studying literature and languages at LFSF definitely helped in my career. I speak five languages three of which I studied at the Lycée and now use on a daily basis at work.
LFSF: Can you tell us what LFSF brought to you, not only in your work but in your life generally speaking.
I would say LFSF has brought a strong sense of community. I moved around since 2009 and have never ended up in a city without a friend or two that also attended LFSF.