Suzannah Yip joined Bonhams in August 2007 to create and head the Japanese Department, which has become Europe's leading auction house for Japanese art. Under her leadership, the department in London achieved the most valuable sales ever for Japanese art in Europe 2011, totalling nearly £10M.
She started her career at Sotheby's London in 1999 as a graduate Junior specialist in the Japanese department, where she was responsible for the cataloguing and successful dispersal of some outstanding print collections including: The Huguette Berès Collection, Part 1 & 2 (Paris 2002 & 2003) and The Adolphe Stoclet Collection of Important prints, paintings and illustrated books (London 2004). Although her main area of academic focus and interest lies in the pictorial arts of Japan, she also handles other diverse areas of Japanese art, in particular, Netsuke and works of art from the Meiji period. Working closely with Neil Davey, one of the World's leading experts on Netsuke, she co-catalogued the renowned Katchen Collection of Netsuke, part 1&2 (London 2005&2006) and more recently, she co-catalogued and researched the Edward Wrangham collection of Japanese art part I, II III & IV as well as the famous Harriet Szechenyi collection of Japanese art which achieved a total of £4.6M - Europe's most valuable auction to date of Japanese art. During the seven years she has been at Bonhams, she has sourced important works of art which have obtained world record prices at auction in London. She is fluent in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French and Japanese and holds a Masters Degree in Art and Archaeology (specialising in the arts of Japan) from SOAS, the University of London.