Hilary Knight collection. A four-place setting of Geoffrey Beene for Swid Powell porcelain in "Drum" pattern, rare in the celadon color, circa 1990. Purchased from the estate of Geoffrey Beene. 19 pieces, including four coffee cups, three saucers (one missing), four small plates, four large plates, and four bowls.
Sometime in the early ’50s, Hilary Knight’s drawings of naughty little girls for Mademoiselle magazine led to a meeting with author Kay Thompson (then a top nightclub performer)--and, of course, to the perpetually adored Eloise, the precocious Plaza dweller who in many ways is Knight’s alter ego. “Eloise will be celebrating her 60th birthday in 2015--not bad for a six-year-old,” says Knight. We’re honored to offer these personal pieces from Knight, who remains as stylish, outspoken, and original as the legendary little girl he brought to life.