21 November 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 25,000
A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN RED-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT ARMCHAIRS
Each with cartouche back and serpentine seat carved with trailing foliage, upholstered à chassis with polychrome-woven floral silk brocade, one seatframe incised 'IX', the other 'V', one bottom seatframe inscribed in ink 'A6086', red decoration extensively refreshed (2)
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These armchairs formed part of the collection of Nancy Dollar, a San Francisco society hostess whose home was furnished with the help of the legendary California decorator Michael Taylor. The contents were sold by Christie's in 1997. The Dollar's home on Vallejo Street was one of Taylor's final projects, capping a star-studded thirty year career for stellar clients that included David Geffen and Nan Kempner. Taylor combined natural materials and concrete furniture with European and Asian antiques, set in the trademark white interiors that epitomized the eclectic California style of decorating.
The Estate of Nancy Dollar, Christie's, New York, 27 March 1997, lot 101.
THE PROPERTY OF A PALM BEACH COLLECTOR