Sotheby’s Debuts Treasures from Chatsworth in NYC
If an art aficionado, and if in Manhattan this summer or fall, one of the most buzzworthy exhibitions opened last Friday—a must-see for those seeking an art bridge to past and present. Held June 28-September 13, Sotheby’s Treasures from Chatsworth offers a rare glimpse into the legendary Chatsworth House here in the United States.
Chatsworth House, in the United Kingdom, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations, standing today among the most important stately homes in the UK. Rich with thousands of objects, the Devonshire Collection represents a grand tradition of collecting spanning half a millennium, and is widely celebrated as one of the most significant collections of art and objects in Europe.
Free of charge and open to the public, Treasures from Chatsworth is on view at Sotheby’s New York galleries (1334 York Avenue). These curated masterworks have been selected to represent the remarkable breadth of the Devonshire Collection. Fine art from Rembrandt van Rijn to Lucian Freud, furniture and decorative objects from the 16th century to 21st centuries, and exceptional jewels, garments, and archival materials commemorating historic occasions are all on view.
Coinciding with Sotheby’s 275th anniversary, as well as the opening of Sotheby’s reimagined New York galleries, Treasures from Chatsworth is designed by award-winning Creative Director David Korins, whose work includes set designs for the Broadway musical phenomena Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, as well as past Sotheby’s exhibitions. The exhibition offers viewers an immersive experience, featuring extraordinary objects illustrative of the Devonshire Collection while simultaneously bringing to life Chatsworth House and its spectacular grounds.
“For this experience,” Korins said in a recent press statement, “I’ve curated this sweeping and diverse collection of art into installations of hyper-articulated, blown-up details of the Duke and Duchess’s home. I hope that our guests will be entertained, delighted, and treated to a deeper look into the textures, details and unique stories of the Cavendish family.”
Images © Devonshire Collection, reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees
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