Chatsworth – mixing the old and the new

I have visited Chatsworth three times now and each time I learn something new from this incredible house. It’s been a while since my last visit but my favourite artworks were still there. What blew me away this time was the mix of contemporary artworks interspersed with the classical pieces.

The current Duke of Devonshire is a true patron of the arts, giving contemporary artists free reign in the making of their artworks. The Duke is an avid collector of contemporary ceramics which I especially enjoyed seeing.

Firstly let’s look at the Great Hall, just look at the ceiling. The first time I saw it my jaw dropped.


What I loved about the Great Hall this time was the collection of ceramic pots in each of the fireplaces.Chatsworth

This is an interesting article about the contemporary ceramics at ChatsworthChatsworth

Next the captivating Veiled Vestal Virgin, by the Italian Sculptor Raffaele Monti, it looks so delicate and yet it’s carved from marble.Chatsworth

Then a contemporary statue, Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain  by Damien Hirst 2006


Jan Van Der Vaardt’s Trompe l’oeil violin is one of my must see artworks at Chatsworth.Chatsworth

There is an interesting video about the violin here


In every room there seems to be a new contemporary surprise, I would have loved to touch these.

Aptly positioned between the family portraits and the ceramics room one of my most memorable pieces on this visit, the 2014 DNA Wall  by Jacob Van Der Beugel, I wish I had taken more photos but the video explains it so well.Chatsworth

Ceramics in the library.

More beautiful pots


This is the dining room where Queen Victoria had her first public banquet at the age of 13.

ChatsworthOn the mantelpieces there happened to be 2 beautiful collections of ceramic pots.

ChatsworthThere is such a lot to see at Chatsworth and I look forward to my next visit, maybe one day you might visit the house yourself if you haven’t already.

I did go home wondering if the Duke might like some of my raku leaves to add to his collection 🙂 🙂 🙂

2 thoughts on “Chatsworth – mixing the old and the new

  1. alysen55

    Very intriguing, the vested virgin. I’d be looking from all angles at the sculpture work on the veil alone. You could always ‘misplace’ a few of your raku leaves …..

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