Jon King serves as Vice President and Director of Bonhams in New York, where he is responsible for business development for the eastern half of the US. He oversees New York Specialist Departments and sales of Fine Jewellery, American and European Paintings, Contemporary Paintings, European and American Furniture and Decorative Arts, Fine Books and Manuscripts, Space History, Japanese Works of Art, and 20th Century Furniture and Decorative Arts in the 30,000 square foot galleries located at 580 Madison Avenue in the heart of New York City.
King earned degrees in Art History and in European History at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and joined an international auction house in 1976, working in both Los Angeles and New York. In 1983, he joined Butterfield & Butterfield in San Francisco, rising to the position of Executive Vice President and Director of Museum Services. In 1989, he was named Director of Butterfield & Butterfield of Los Angeles, overseeing a staff of 60 and sales exceeding $35 million. He re rejoined the company in 2003, establishing Bonhams New York office, and has been responsible for the continuing development and expansion of the brand throughout the eastern half of the US.
King has appeared on PBS' "Antiques Roadshow®," as well as the Home & Garden Television series "Value It!®" His scholarly work has been published in multiple fine art and antiques-related periodicals. In addition, he has maintained a monthly column published in Home & Garden magazine.
He has served on advisory boards for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Los Angeles Antiques Show and California State University Interior Design Graduate Programme. King has lectured at various organisations and institutions including the Smithsonian Institutions, the University of California, Los Angeles and the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles.