Kerry Taylor joined Sotheby’s in 1979 and aged twenty went on to become one of their youngest ever auctioneers. After setting up and running the Collector’s Department at Sotheby’s Chester she moved to the New Bond street office in 1986 where she re-established Costume and Textile sales and eventually became Director in charge of all Collector’s areas, special Theme Sales and Celebrity sales. In her career she has worked on historic, landmark auctions such as the wardrobes of Duke & Duchess of Windsor at Sotheby’s New York in 1997, the stunning wardrobe of Princess Lilian of Belgium, the Romilly Mc Alpine collection of Vivienne Westwood and major pieces of costume and textiles including the wedding suit of King James II c.1670 and the Chaffyn-Grove spangled linen jacket c.1630, both of which now form part of the Victoria & Albert Museum collection. Kerry also works as Textile Consultant to Sotheby’s, advising their international network of offices and has assisted Museums with valuations and applications for funding including Lottery and National Art Collection Fund grants.
In November 2003 Kerry left Sotheby’s to set up her own independent auction business specialising the in the costume and textiles she has always loved and although the auctions are still held at Sotheby’s they are a completely separate enterprise.
We are always very grateful to the various voluntary interns who work with us throughout the year. Anyone interested in helping please contact us with CV and references.
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