The Interiors auction – offering fine art, furniture, porcelain, silver, glassware, decoration and more from Mrs. Mellon’s residences in the United States and abroad – finished the series, more than doubling expectations to achieve $14.3 million. Collectors competed feverishly across the three-day, five-session sale of Mrs. Mellon’s Interiors, driving the auction result to more than double its high estimate, and with 86.9% of all 1,250 lots on offer achieving prices above their high estimates. Online activity was particularly strong throughout the sale, with more than a quarter of all lots won by bidders participating on Sotheby’s BidNow platform.
The Interiors auction will offer fine art, furniture, porcelain, silver, glassware, decoration and more from Mrs. Mellon’s residences in the United States and abroad, which together provide a rare window into an era of collecting, living and entertaining that has since passed. Her love of horticulture is evident throughout the collection, including the significant selection of rare porcelain in vegetable, fruit and botanical forms, by celebrated makers such as Chelsea and Meissen. Her English and French furniture -- often painted, echoing the signature wood floors of her Oak Spring Farm residence -- exudes the understated elegance of the Mellons’ life, and was arranged always to take advantage of their spectacular surroundings in any given location. Mrs. Mellon’s close relationships with designers and artists are demonstrated again throughout the Interiors sale, from several works created by her longtime friend Diego Giacometti to linens designed by Mrs. Mellon in collaboration with Givenchy.
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