RESULTS - Michael Taylor and the Alchemy of Design: The Diana Dollar Knowles Collection

New York

Michael Taylor and the Alchemy of Design: 

The Diana Dollar Knowles Collection

 New York, 22 October 2013, Sale #2775

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


289 lots sold

Total: $3,202,188/£1,985,357/€2,337,597

    97% sold by lot

297 lots offered

£0.62= $1 / € 0.73=$1

 89% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



A Pair of Late Louis XV Ormolu-Mounted Marble Pedestals, circa 1760-1765

30,000 - 50,000




European Trade


A Fine and Rare Chinese Brown and Polychrome Coromandel Lacquer Twelve-Panel Screen, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

200,000 - 300,000




UK Trade


A Pair of George III Green and Cream-Painted Jardinieres, circa 1770

100,000 - 150,000




UK Private


A Pair of English White-Painted Side Tables, Possibly Third Quarter 18th century

80,000 - 120,000




US Trade


A Roman Marble Column Capital, circa 2nd-3rd century A.D.

8,000 - 12,000




US Private


A Pair Of Regence Ormolu-Mounted Chinese Lacquer And Amaranth Armoires, circa 1725

80,000 - 120,000




European Private


A pair of yellow sofas, supplied by Michael Taylor, 20th century

3,000 - 5,000




US Private


An American Silver-Gilt Dinner Service, mark of Shreve & Co., San Francisco, circa 1910

40,000 - 60,000




UK Private


A Louis XV Ormolu-Mounted Tulipwood, Kingwood, Amaranth and Parquetry Bureau Plat, circa 1745 

60,000 - 80,000




European Trade


A Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Mahogany Bureau Plat, by Guillaume Beneman, circa 1785

40,000 - 60,000




US Trade

Andrew McVinish, Head of Private & Iconic Collections, remarked: “The results of the sale of Michael Taylor and the Alchemy of Design: The Diana Taylor Knowles Collection conveyed the strength of expertly assembled collections. The competitive bidding that took place throughout the auction spoke to the dynamism of the Taylor/Knowles collaboration. The homes that they created together were emblematic of both Mrs. Knowles and Mr. Taylor’s impeccable tastes, and exemplified the distinctive “California look” that defined Taylor’s aesthetic. Together, they filled the homes with objects that were chosen for their individuality and superb quality, informed by Taylor’s eye for color and beauty, and Knowles’ lifelong experience as a patron of the arts. Among these remarkable objects encompassed in the sale was a rediscovered Pair of Late Louis XV Ormolu-Mounted Marble Pedestals, circa 1760-1765, which realized $245,000.”


PRESS CONTACT: Rebecca Riegelhaupt  | +1 212 636 2680|

Next Sale: London, 30 October, 20th Century Decorative Art + Design

New York, 23 October, Important Silver, New York



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