Live Like a Sexy Bridgerton With This Auction's Period-Style Furniture
No shame in admitting how you’ve succumbed to the naughty sweetness of Bridgerton, especially since everyone and their grandmother—82 million households to be exact—have watched the costume drama, which is now Netflix’s biggest show (sorry to The Witcher).
If you’re thirsty for the next season, you can continue the story by turning your city apartment into a simulacrum of a Bon Ton estate. The “Art+Design: from Regency to Contemporary” auction by Gavel&Block features pieces that echo the Regency period of the United Kingdom, the very setting of the series.
The event, whose online auction goes live on February 6, Saturday, has a novel approach: Two installations have been set up to recreate that tony look of the past. The first, Jane’s Room, recalls novelist Jane Austen’s early 19th-century England, which is also when the story of Bridgerton unfolds.
And if you have grander aspirations—higher than that of a duke’s—another room, the Louis Seize Salon (seize is pronounced as sez, as in 16 in French), is populated with items that would fit nicely in the reality of Louis XVI, King of France and husband to Marie Antoinette.
Both sets will meet the approval of that stone-faced duke, the secret social observer, or any of the brave Bridgertons who only seek what we all want: a little bit of love (and sexy time). Okay, enough talk. Below, a visual guide:
Austen, the author of Pride & Prejudice, flourished during the Regency period or that time in English history, from 1811 to 1820, when Prince George, as the Prince Regent, ruled in the stead of his father, King George III. When it comes to furniture, what you need to know is how the era revived Greek and Roman elegance with exotic woods, metal accents, slender legs, and more.
A hardwood cabinet filled with 19th-century ivory fans and an oval hardwood table (from Pampanga) crowded with silver-plated teapots and bowls both convey the easy life. Fauna prints and landscape art complete the mood.
Walls covered in paintings were in fashion during the Regency: Works by Filipino artists, including Ofelia Gelvezon Tequi’s painting of jars, line the wall, while a pastel-on-paper nude by Sofronio ‘Sym’ Mendoza rests on the table.
A riot of silverware and Spode Blue Room Collection’s dinner plates on a grand table that seats 10 is for a duke (you), a duchess (your wife), and the well-heeled guests.
The Regency style can be tempered by contemporary prints, collages, and mixed-media art by Arturo Luz, Elmer Borlongan, Fernando Zobel, and BenCab.
For tea: a Japanese dragonware teacup and saucer and a silver-plated tray atop a rosewood side table with brass inlay from Pakistan.
The Louis Seize Salon
The reign of Louis XVI, the French king toppled by the French Revolution, introduced the Louis Seize style, which was also inspired by antiquity. Unlike previous decorative movements, the king’s new style deviated from excessive ornamentation, preferring an easy grace instead. Round and oval tables, white or gray marble, and straight lines and right angles were some of the ideas that ruled the era.
To set the tone, assemble classic landscape paintings around a gilt mirror.
A Louis XVI-style armchair stands beside a French-style bombe cabinet with a green marble top, ormolu mounts, and intricate marquetry. The vintage vase is Japanese, while the art that hangs above is by Fernando Zobel.
Nothing says you are the king of your castle than an over-six-foot giltwood mirror. The painting is by Anita Magsaysay-Ho.
Tip: In these still life paintings, the intricately carved frames are prized by European collectors.
The online auction of Art+Design: from Regency to Contemporary is on February 6, Saturday, 11 a.m. salcedoauctions.com