Indulge yourself: live life elegantly like a Bridgerton, updated for season three

Bridgeton Season Three courtesy of Netflix
Left, an English Regency casket-form sewing box that realized $650 plus the buyer’s premium in November 2014; Center, a matched pair of English Regency giltwood mirrors sold in March 2015 for $3,750 plus the buyer’s premium; Right, a tilt-top mahogany English Regency breakfast table that achieved $1,500 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2020. Images courtesy of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery, David Skinner Antiques and LiveAuctioneers.
Left, an English Regency casket-form sewing box realized $650 plus the buyer’s premium in November 2014; Center, a matched pair of English Regency giltwood mirrors sold in March 2015 for $3,750 plus the buyer’s premium; Right, a tilt-top mahogany English Regency breakfast table achieved $1,500 plus the buyer’s premium in May 2020. Images courtesy of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery, David Skinner Antiques and LiveAuctioneers.

 

Warning: This article contains mild spoilers for the first two seasons of Bridgerton.

NEW YORK – Today, May 16, Part One of the third season of the Netflix series Bridgerton appears, with episodes from Part Two scheduled to go live on Thursday, June 13.

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Two pairs of 18th-century chairs wildly outperformed their estimates at Brunk

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A tale of two exceptional pairs of 18th-century chairs – one made in London, the other in Philadelphia – played out at Brunk Auctions on November 16, November 17 and November 18. Both pairs made six-figure sums on the second and third days of the North Carolina sale.

A pair of George III giltwood open armchairs were being deaccessioned from ‘an important Southern institution’ with an earlier provenance to the collection of Edwin Herzog of New York and Charleston. Inspired by patterns for ‘French easy chairs’ in Thomas Chippendale’s Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Director, the design is one associated with the architect James ‘Athenian’ Stuart (1713-1788) and attributed to the fashionable London cabinetmakers John Gordon and John Tait.

Similar Stuart-Gordon chairs with palmette medallion carvings were made for John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer (1734-1783) at Spencer House in Westminster. When the current earl Charles Spencer sold some of the furnishings from the house at Christie’s in London in 2010, pairs of chairs from two suites dated circa 1758-1765 were offered — those in the exotic West Indian hardwood sabicu and others with a white-painted and parcel-gilt finish ‘in the French manner.’

The pair at Brunk were probably from a set from Nuneham Park in Oxfordshire, commissioned by the British diplomat and general Simon Harcourt (1714-1777), 1st Earl Harcourt. He held close ties to the Spencer family. According to the auction house, they were in a fine state of overall preservation and retained most of their original gilt surface. Estimated at $30,000-$50,000, they hammered for $120,000 ($153,600 with buyer’s premium). The eight armchairs in the Christie’s Spencer House sale were sold in pairs for sums between £145,250 (about $181,450) for those in giltwood up to £802,850 (roughly $1 million) for a pair in sabicu.

On November 18, a pair of Philadelphian Queen Anne walnut ‘compass seat’ side chairs hammered for $220,000 ($281,600 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $40,000-$60,000.

Made circa-1740-1760 to a sophisticated design that includes shell carving to the backs and the legs, the two were from a set of at least nine chairs probably made for Dr. Thomas Graeme (1688-1772). A well-to-do Scotsman from Balgowan in Perthshire, he rose to prominence as port physician of Philadelphia during the period when overcrowded boats of German migrants were arriving in the city. The large estate he purchased in Horsham, Pennsylvania became Graeme Park.

For almost a century after his death, the set of chairs remained intact at Graeme Park. However, they became separated in 1865. One of these two chairs – the example with early and probably original needlework upholstery – remained in the family until it was first sold at Sotheby’s in 1983. It was most recently sold at Christie’s New York in September 2013, when it hammered for $40,000.

It was only reunited with its mate (later covered in pink silk) in January 2017 when the owner bought another chair, also at Christie’s, for $50,000. This one shared the same early history, but had left Pennsylvania for New York in the late 19th century. In total, four chairs from the set are now accounted for, with another in the collection at Colonial Williamsburg.
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Pair of George III giltwood open armchairs, which sold for $120,000 ($153,600 with buyer’s premium) at Brunk Auctions.
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Pair of Philadelphian Queen Anne walnut ‘compass seat’ side chairs, which sold for $220,000 ($281,600 with buyer’s premium) at Brunk Auctions.
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Collection of renowned interior designer Robert Kime to sell at Dreweatts this fall

George II carved giltwood pier mirror, estimated at £40,000-£60,000 ($50,900-$76,400). Image courtesy of Dreweatts
The late interior design titan Robert Kime at his Provencal home, ‘La Gonette.’ Image courtesy of Dreweatts, photo credit Tessa Traeger
The late interior design titan Robert Kime at his Provencal home, ‘La Gonette.’ Image courtesy of Dreweatts, photo credit Tessa Traeger

NEWBURY, U.K. – Dreweatts Donnington Priory will auction the personal collection of Robert Kime (1946-2022), the man known across the world as a titan of design and a polymath who was dubbed the ‘great assembler’ of beautiful things. Kime’s unique eye and aesthetic sensibility led him to become a leading interior design figure. The culmination of his lifetime of collecting will form a three-day auction at Dreweatts titled Robert Kime: The Personal Collection, which will take place on October 4-6 and will comprise more than 750 lots ranging in value from £30 to £100,000 ($38 to $127,700). It is expected to achieve in excess of £1.5 million (roughly $1.9 million).

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Freeman’s celebrates storied legacy of Merrywood with March 23 estate auction

Henri-Edmond Cross, ‘Leda,’ estimated at $60,000-$100,000. Image courtesy of Freeman’s
Henri-Edmond Cross, ‘Leda,’ estimated at $60,000-$100,000. Image courtesy of Freeman’s
Henri-Edmond Cross, ‘Leda,’ estimated at $60,000-$100,000. Image courtesy of Freeman’s

PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s presents The Legacy of Merrywood: The Estate of Alan I and Dianne Kay, a nearly 80-lot auction that brings an esteemed collection of art, furniture and design objects to market. The Legacy of Merrywood, to be held Thursday, March 23, tells the story of the titular palatial estate in McLean, Virginia, both a historic structure and the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Merrywood was purchased and subsequently renovated and expanded by Alan and Dianne Kay in 1984; the couple filled the home with a sophisticated collection of art and objects, and for eight years hosted the immensely successful annual American Cancer Society Ball at the property. The sale showcases a selection of works that the Kays cherished and lived with during their time at Merrywood. The Legacy of Merrywood is led by Henri-Edmond Cross’s Leda, a vibrant, dynamic 1905 canvas by the French Neo-Impressionist, estimated at $60,000-$100,000, which was once hung on the walls of the historic estate. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Grace Garcia Estate Part II offered at Turner, June 26

Large pair of 18th-century giltwood angels, est. $1,000-$1,500

 

Large pair of 18th-century giltwood angels, est. $1,000-$1,500
Large pair of 18th-century giltwood angels, est. $1,000-$1,500

SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present the Grace Garcia Estate, Part 2 sale on Sunday, June 26. It features an extensive array of religious items, fine and decorative arts and collectibles from the personal collection of the late Grace Garcia, who owned Gilroy Antiques in Gilroy, California for more than 30 years. The auction lineup also includes several lots from other collectors, chief among them paintings by William Russell Flint and Mauritz Frederik Hendrich de Haas, and groupings of character dolls and costume figures. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hindman presents property from elegant Miami Beach estate, May 31

Exterior of the Miami Beach estate Casa de Suenos. Image courtesy of Hindman
Exterior of the Miami Beach estate Casa de Suenos. Image courtesy of Hindman
Exterior of the Miami Beach estate Casa de Suenos. Image courtesy of Hindman

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Hindman Auctions will offer property from Casa de Suenos, a historic Miami Beach estate, in an exclusive single-owner sale on May 31. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Syd Solomon abstract among winners at Ahlers & Ogletree sale

Syd Solomon, ‘Untitled Abstract,’ $20,000
Syd Solomon, ‘Untitled Abstract,’ $20,000
Syd Solomon, ‘Untitled Abstract,’ $20,000

ATLANTA – Vivid and colorful oil on canvas paintings by Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) and Henri Hecht Maik (French, 1922-1993) each brought $20,000, while a classical early 20th-century Continental School marble sculpture of a woman finished at $21,250 in Ahlers & Ogletree’s two-day, two-session Spring Estates & Collections auction, held April 9 and 10.

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MacMonnies bronzes rose to the occasion at Neue’s March 26 auction

Frederick William MacMonnies, ‘Pioneer Mother,’ $27,060
Frederick William MacMonnies, ‘Pioneer Mother,’ $27,060
Frederick William MacMonnies, ‘Pioneer Mother,’ $27,060

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Two bronze statues by American sculptor Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937) sold for a combined $39,360, a monumental landscape painting by George Hetzel (French and American, 1826-1899) rose to $22,140, and a massive baluster-form vase cast with the face of a woman by Paul Francois Berthoud (French, 1870-1939) brought $13,530 in Neue Auctions’ English & Chinese Export Art & Antiques auction held March 26.

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Auctions at Showplace embraces old-school high style Nov. 21

18th-century Russian or Continental School portrait of a recipient of the Order Of St Andrew, est. $10,000-$20,000
18th-century Russian or Continental School portrait of a recipient of the Order Of St Andrew, est. $10,000-$20,000
18th-century Russian or Continental School portrait of a recipient of the Order Of St Andrew, est. $10,000-$20,000

NEW YORK – Auctions at Showplace‘s November 21 sale will feature a diverse offering of objects that will make you think of Park Avenue elegance. It includes old master paintings and opulent antique furniture along with costume jewelry and luxury goods from prime New York Metropolitan Area estates. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Bruhns to offer Colo. couple’s lifetime collection of art & antiques, Oct. 23-24

18th-century Italian carved giltwood throne chair, est. $100-$8,000
18th-century Italian carved giltwood throne chair, est. $100-$8,000
18th-century Italian carved giltwood throne chair, est. $100-$8,000

DENVER – On October 23-24, Bruhns Auction Gallery will auction the lifetime art and antiques collection of Jack and Linda Keenan, on-site at their elegant Colorado home. The sale features approximately 900 lots of European antiques dating to the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, as well as ensembles and accessories from top fashion houses. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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