RELEASE: CHRISTIE’S PRESENTS ONE OF DESIGN’S GREATEST COLLABORATIONS: Michael Taylor and the Alchemy of Design: The Diana Dollar Knowles Collection

New York

New York – On October 22nd, Christie’s will present the sale of Michael Taylor and the Alchemy of Design: The Diana Dollar Knowles Collection. The strength of the collaboration between Diana Dollar Knowles and Michael Taylor is evident in the Knowles residences, each of which possesses timeless details that stem from Mrs. Knowles’ impeccable personal style and Taylor’s visionary talent. Few San Franciscans so fully embodied the inherent beauty and charm of their city as Diana Dollar Knowles. An icon of American chic for more than ninety years, she epitomized the refined, intellectual style that earned San Francisco the distinction as a “Paris of the West.” Mrs. Knowles was “one of the grandest dames in San Francisco Society,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Michael Taylor’s chief mission was to create interiors best suited for each individual client. Among his most loyal San Francisco clients were Gorham and Diana Knowles. Taylor collaborated closely with Knowles on each commission, resulting in an especially close design partnership. The results of this collaboration were some of the Bay Area’s most stylish interiors. 

The dynamism of their partnership can be seen in the interior photos pictured above, and throughout the sale catalogue. The collection encompasses approximately 300 objects from the Knowles’ homes in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Pebble Beach, including Jewelry, European furniture, Asian works of art, fine porcelain and silver, ceramics by Pablo Picasso, contemporary art and botanical prints. Estimates within the sale range from $300 – 300,000. 

21 pieces of fine jewelry from the Diana Dollar Knowles collection will also be featured within Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale, which will take place on October 15. This selection will be highlighted by a beautiful rectangular-cut F color diamond of 17.00 carats (estimate: $500,000 – 700,000).

Among the highlights from the October 22nd sale are a Chinese export black and gilt lacquer bureau bookcase, circa 1740 (estimate: $150,000 – 250,000); Barnett Newman’s Untitled Etching 2 , 1969 (Estimate: $60,000 - 90,000); and a fine and rare Chinese brown and polychrome coromandel lacquer twelve-panel screen from the Kangxi Period (1662-1722) (estimate: $200,000 - 300,000).

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