Dessa Goddard
Dessa Goddard Bonhams
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San Francisco, United States 94108
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Dessa Goddard US Head, Asian Art
Vice President and Director
US Head, Asian Art Group
Senior Specialist, Chinese Art
Director, Hong Kong

Dessa Goddard is US Head of Asian Art, a Bonhams Vice President and Director, and Head of the Asian Art Group. She 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 San Francisco, New York 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 HK28,540,000); 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, Group Head of Bonhams Asian Art 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 was a Research Fellow in Chinese Archaeology at the Toyo Bunka Kenkyujo, part of the University of Tokyo. She is a graduate of the Inter-University Centre for Advanced Japanese in Tokyo, a Stanford University-based programme, and 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, a Master's degree in Asian Art, and a Ph.D. in Chinese History from the University of California, Berkeley.

One of North America's leading experts in her field, Dessa speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. She travels and lectures widely throughout the US 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 Antiques Roadshow.

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