Mario Tavella

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  • Joined Sotheby's in 1991
  • Pivotal to Sotheby's command of the European furniture market
  • On the Board of Sotheby's Europe
  • Handles prestigious European private collections of Decorative Arts
  • Dandois sale in New York had record total for a dealer sale of furniture

Mario Tavella joined Sotheby's in 1991 and throughout his tenure has been pivotal to Sotheby’s command of the European market for furniture and decorative arts. He divides his time between London, Paris and Milan, where he works closely with the local teams to manage the sale of prestigious European private collections of Decorative Arts. In 1998, he became a member of the Board of Sotheby’s Europe.

Some of the notable sales he and his team have orchestrated in London include: The Giuseppe Rossi Collection in 1999, the biggest single-owner furniture sale to take place in a London saleroom in the 20th century, The Alberto Bruni Tedeschi Collection in 2007, The Dimitri Mavrommatis Collection in 2008 and The Gianni Versace Collection in 2009, with recent sales including amongst others, the Giovanni & Gabriella Barilla Collection and the Prince and Princess Henry de la Tour d’Auvergne Lauraguais Collection in 2012, together with the very successful annual Treasures sale launched by Mario Tavella in 2010.

Mr Tavella was a prominent team member in the sale of Property from The Collections of Lily & Edmond J Safra, the most successful auction of Decorative Arts ever held in New York, and he was entrusted by Ariane Dandois with her sale in March 2007, which created the highest total ever achieved for a Dealer’s sale of furniture. In Paris, he was responsible for the sale of The Collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson in 2003 and the auction of The Leon Levy Collection in October 2008, which achieved the highest total for a single-owner sale at Sotheby’s, Paris.