Sotheby’s shines the spotlight on Chatsworth’s storied furniture collection
Chatsworth, the stately Derbyshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is full of surprises. Having long been champions of contemporary design, the forward-thinking Cavendish family’s furniture collection layers 18th century Palladian pieces by William Kent with 21st century chairs made from reclaimed wood by Piet Hein Eek.
A new short film produced by Sotheby’s shines the spotlight on two of the most important pieces from the Devonshire collection – the George III Coronation chair and Tom Price’s coal and resin ’Counterpart’ benches – the latter having been recently added to the house’s collection as part of the 2015 exhibition ‘Make yourself comfortable at Chatsworth’.
With commentary from the Duke himself as well as Chatsworth’s acting head of collections Hannah Obee, curator Charles Noble and furniture designer Tom Price, the five-minute short is part of a wider series of 13 films created by Sotheby’s and presented by Huntsman that each provide access and insight into the exceptional places, art, objects, history, expertise and stories that make up the Chatsworth experience.