The Collection of Richard Mellon Scaife incorporates interiors from Pittsburgh, Ligonier, Pebble Beach and Nantucket, the four residences of the media scion, financier and heir to an oil, banking and aluminum fortune. The fine English furniture of his city home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is complemented by delicate Worcester Flight, Barr and Barr dessert services and lush vegetable-form tureens. The country house in Ligonier, an hour away, appropriately features a variety of hunting-themed accessories, from animal-form saddle cups to Paris vases finely painted with hunting scenes. An elegant home in Pebble Beach houses a fine collection of Chinese Export porcelain, while the Nantucket property is represented by an extensive collection of trompe l’oeil majolica lobsters, crabs and fish.
Led by a George II pagoda-form display stand, an inventive mahogany commode with secret compartments and an impressive silver-gilt dinner service made for Washington Augustus Roebling—the engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge—Mr. Mellon’s comprehensive collection of fine decorative objects boasts innumerous highlights. Though each residence embodies a spirit and feel of its own, an overarching sense of fun, whimsy and elegance brings together the myriad elements of this extraordinary collection.