Dessa Goddard US Head, Asian Art
Vice President and Director
US Head, Asian Art Group
Senior Specialist, Chinese Art
Director, Hong Kong
Dessa Goddard oversees all company specialists and consultants in the fields of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Himalayan, Indian and Southeast Asian Art in North America, and is the Senior North American Chinese Specialist in charge of acquiring consignments for the company's auctions in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. In over 30 years of Dessa's leadership, the US Asian group has achieved record-breaking sales in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Art. Her recent successes include the discoveries of a rare Hongwu period underglaze red dish (sold 5.7 million), a rare and important Yongzheng mark and period garlic head vase (sold HK $76,000,000) the Skinner family pair of Qianlong blue and white moonflasks (sold HK$28,540,000), the Hoover Yongzheng blue and white tianshouping (sold $5,905,500) as well as three successive important Korean Joseon period blue and white vases. Together with Colin Sheaf and London senior management, she played a key role in opening Bonhams expansion into Hong Kong and Asia in 2007.
Prior to joining Bonhams, Dessa advanced to Candidacy for the Ph.D. in Chinese History at UC Berkeley and became a Research Fellow in Chinese Archeology at the Toyo Bunk Kenkyujo, part of the University of Tokyo. She is a graduate of the Inter-University Center for Advanced Japanese in Tokyo, a Stanford University-based program, and she interned in the Painting and Calligraphy Department at the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Dessa attended Harvard University as a graduate student, where she studied under Professor Max Loehr and John Rosenfield. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University and a Master's degree in Asian Art. One of North America's leading experts in her field, Dessa speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. She travels and lectures throughout the U.S. on topics in Chinese art and has focused her recent research on the growth of philanthropy and urban culture, with a specific eye to the history of Asian Art collecting in America. She regularly appears on PBS's Antique Roadshow.