While Hudson Pines, the 75-acre estate of Peggy and David Rockefeller, sold for $33 million the treasures it held will be up for auction at Christie’s this May. The main house designed in 1938 by noted architect Mott B. Schmidt sits about a mile from Kykuit, John D. Rockefeller’s property that is open for public visits.
The Rockefeller’s split their time between their East 65th Street townhouse I already featured and this bucolic estate but didn’t skimp on elegance while relaxing in the country. What I found interesting is that the design is very similar to the townhouse right down to the yellow dining room. Perhaps they found comfort in familiar colors and decor.
The pieces I’m most excited to see during the viewing are the beautiful porcelain dinner service sets. The most impressive is the Chinese export dinner service in what is known as the “Rockefeller pattern” that was collected by a few members of the family. There aren’t many people who entertain as elegantly as the Rockefellers but perhaps it’s something to which we should all aspire.