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!






Yesterday I shared my favorite art masterpieces from the estate of Mrs. Paul Mellon.  Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was a woman of great style and grace, known for her horticultural talents.  Her style was absorbed by icons such as Jackie Kennedy, and she was admired for her “understated elegance” (Architectural Digest).

Sotheby’s is auctioning off the contents of her estate this month.  The three-part auction includes her fine art, jewels, and interiors.  Today I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the “Jewels & Objects of Vertu” auction coming up on November 20/21.


Bunny Mellon's "Jewels & Objects of Vertu"
A Pair of 18 Karat Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Earclips, Cartier | Lot...
Office accessory

Group of 5 Gold & Bamboo Pens by Cartier

The auction includes a range of beautiful items, including diamond necklaces, Cartier earrings, Rolex watches, a Faberge cigarette case, a 18th & 19th century snuff boxes, Cartier pens, gold frames, and Dior handbags.  Take a look at the full Sotheby’s catalog and enjoy the sparkle and shine.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see the amazing pieces included in the “Interiors” auction.
Speaking of interiors – did you see my One Room Challenge Powder Room Makeover reveal?  Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

Tonight Sotheby’s will begin auctioning off the estate of Mrs. Paul Mellon, known by most as Bunny Mellon.  The woman responsible for redesigning the White House Rose Garden, a close friend of Jackie Kennedy, a woman of great taste, Bunny Mellon’s estate is sure to be magnificent.

via Newsweek

The auction will take place in three stages over three different dates: “Masterworks” (her amazing art collection), “Jewels and Objects of Vertu”, and “Interiors”.

This week I’ll be showing you a sample of my favorite items from each of the three auctions.

First, a quick history lesson.

Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was an heiress to the “Listerine” fortune.  Her second husband was Paul Mellon, a philanthropist and horse breeder.  Bunny Mellon was asked by JFK to redesign the Rose Garden, which remains much the same today.  She went on to design several gardens and landscapes, including the JFK Presidential Library and designer Givenchy’s private residence.   Bunny Mellon also helped Jackie Kennedy with the White House restoration, advising on antiques and fine arts.

Together the Mellon’s were significant collectors of art, and they donated many pieces to the National Gallery of Art.  Bunny Mellon is perhaps most famous, in terms of her art collection, for her many pieces by Mark Rothko.

via NYP


Sotheby’s auction contains 43 lots of Mellon’s art collection.  Below are a few of my favorites.

Bunny Mellon's "Masterworks"
Be sure to take a look at the pieces up for auction at Sotheby’s.  Perhaps you’ll find a piece to bid on?  The Rothko above is only estimated at $20,000,00-30,000,000…
Check back with me tomorrow to see my favorite pieces from Bunny Mellon’s Jewels collection!  You don’t want to miss it!