This week I’ve been sharing with you my favorite items from the Sotheby’s auction of the estate of Mrs. Paul Mellon, aka “Bunny” Mellon.  We’ve looked at some of her “Masterworks” and her “Jewels & Objects of Vertu”.  Today I’ve saved my favorite – the “Interiors”.


Bunny Mellon's "Interiors"

Bunny Mellon’s “Interiors”

The interior belongings were part of Bunny Mellon’s many estates, including her estate here in Virginia.  Her style was legendary and her motto “nothing should be noticed”.

Sotheby’s – Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon


Sotheby’s – Property from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon


Here are a few of my favorite items:


An Italian Neoclassical style parcel-gilt and gray-painted bookcase...
Home decorLeeds Pearlware Horse
Two English Delftware blue and white two-handled campana vasesmid-18th...
A Staffordshire earthenware large figure of an elephantsecond half...
A set of four Regency parcel-gilt black-painted caned armchairs circa...

A set of four Regency parcel-gilt black-painted caned armchairs

Update: The “Masterworks” auction took place Monday night, and total sales exceeded over $158 MILLION dollars.  The Mark Rothko “Untitled” Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange sold for over $36,000,000.

Mark Rothko | Lot | Sotheby's

Mark Rothko

Clearly great art collectors agree with Mellon’s terrific eye for art.  Her collection exceeded the projected sales.

Bunny Mellon via Mark D Sikes


Take a look at the Sotheby’s catalog to see the many beautiful items included in the “Interiors” auction.  Bunny Mellon had impeccable taste, and each items is simply striking and refined.  I could spend hours pouring over the catalog!






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