Gemma Sanders is Head of the 20th Century Decorative Arts Department, having joined both Bonhams and the department in 2010.
Her areas of expertise cover Decorative Arts from 1860-1945, and objet d'art from all the major design movements, including the Arts & Crafts movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. She specializes in Contemporary Ceramics and Studio Pottery from mid-20th century to present day, as well as vintage posters.
Gemma's Bonhams highlights include overseeing the sale of the Art Deco figures The Dolly Sisters, The Finale and Almeria, each of which made in excess of £200,000; sourcing the first, small size, Keep Calm and Carry On poster to come to auction, making £16,000 in London in 2014; and the standout sales 'Decorative Arts and Contemporary Ceramics' (2018), 'Rene Lalique Designs in Glass' (2011) and 'The Ken Manley Collection of Moorcroft' (2014).
With a Batchelor's Degree in History of Decorative Arts from the University of Brighton, Gemma also graduated from the Sotheby's Institute of Art short course, "Modern Design: From 1900 to 2010 and Art in the Royal Palaces of London", as well as the Bonhams Auctioneering Course, class of 2017.