Admittedly, I have always been in awe of Mrs. Paul Mellon, most famously known as Bunny. Her rarified and exquisite taste was well known and I have had a long held fascination with the magic and refined beauty of her homes and gardens. Her knowledge and gifted passion for the gardens and the decorative arts included everything from modern art to hand crafted flower baskets. Her rooms were never pretentious yet there was a special quality that resided in every object whether it was a million dollar painting or a ten dollar objet. Every piece seemed to have a special meaning, which ultimately gives soul to a room.
The most recent issue of T Magazine included highlights from her amazing collection of jewelry, most notably from Verdura, which are included below. On November 10, 2014, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off her sensational collection of art including works by, Rothko, Homer, O’ Keeffe, Hopper and Diebenkorn. On November 21-23 the auction will continue with her collection of furniture, porcelain, glassware, silver and more. It will be sad to see her unparalleled collection disbursed but it offers us a glimpse into the private world of a extraordinary collector that we may never see again in a lifetime.