Treasures from Chatsworth on video

If you are a fan of Chatsworth House but don’t always have the time to go along and see it for yourself you should check out this fantastic collection of videos conceived and produced by Sotheby’s and presented by Huntsman,

‘Treasures from Chatsworth’ celebrates the Cavendish family’s centuries-long passion for art and collecting.  For over 16 generations the Cavendish family has commissioned and collected contemporary art.  Their passion for the present as well as the past is what makes Chatsworth one of the world’s greatest collections.

Sotheby’s 13-part series, presented by Huntsman and produced by Chrome Productions, explores the diverse works of art in the Devonshire Collection with insight into their history and significance from the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, curators, keepers and contemporary artists such as Michael Craig-Martin and Jacob van der Beugel.

Each work of art tells a very human story, revealing the ongoing inspiration and legacy that lives on at Chatsworth.

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The Duke of Devonshire said: “This film series provides new insights not just into Chatsworth but collecting art and the extraordinary process of working with contemporary artists – something that not only gives me great pleasure but is of great significance to the present and future of Chatsworth.”

David Goodman, Executive Vice President, Digital Development and Marketing comments: “Having launched Sotheby’s Museum Network, Sotheby’s Apple TV channel and our Amazon Fire app this year, it felt a natural progression for our video productions to evolve beyond one-off short films to the series format to engage with the growing global audience who are seeking to experience the world of art and collecting.

“Beyond our longstanding relationship with the Duke, Chatsworth is the perfect subject for our inaugural series – suitably enthralling and aesthetically stunning.

“Each short episode takes you on a journey where you are led, by the Duke and Duchess themselves as well as family members, artists and art experts, on an intimate journey that explores treasures both little-known and best loved in the collection.”


Episode 1- Lucian Freud’s Woman in a White Shirt
A portrait of Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, commissioned from Lucian Freud, caused a sensation in British society. Now Woman in a White Shirt is “probably the most beautiful thing at Chatsworth,” says the current Duke, who recalls the close friendship between Freud and the Cavendish family in the series premiere of Treasures from Chatsworth, Presented by Huntsman.

Episode 2 – Commissioning Artworks Across Generations
There is a rich history of patronage at Chatsworth, which is filled with works commissioned directly from artists of their time, be it the early 19th century or the early 21st. This episode explores the relationship of trust between the artist and their commissioner, highlighting Jacob Van der Beugel’s 2014 DNA Wall and Antonio Canova’s Sleeping Endymion, made almost exactly 200 years earlier.

Episode 3 – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Drawing of Leda and the Swan
We take you inside the Old Master cabinet at Chatsworth – a room usually closed to the public – where one of the world’s finest and most extensive collections of Old Master drawings is kept. Among these is a Leonardo da Vinci that was almost lost in the chaos of the Second World War.

Episode 4 – The Lewinski Photo Archive
Between 1940 to 1970, photographer Jorge Lewinski took hundreds of images of important postwar artists in their studios: Francis Bacon, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore among many others. “He recorded people, but he did it in such a way that gave you so much of an insight into the artist’s way of being,” says the Earl of Burlington, who acquired the Lewinski Archive for Chatsworth. In this episode, the Earl explains that the passion for art that he inherited from his ancestors has inspired him to become not only a collector himself but also an artist.

Episode 5 – The Needlework of Elizabethan Chatsworth
A rare depiction of the original Chatsworth House from around 1550 provides a vital connection to the past. Hundreds of years from now, visitors will look to Johnny Warrender’s many renderings of Chatsworth and its gardens for a 21st-century view of the house and its surroundings as well as a window onto the interests and enthusiasms of the current Duke and Duchess.

Episode 6 – Jan Van Der Vaardt’s Trompe l’oeil Violin
There are certain artworks that we feel an emotional connection to and to which we return again and again. Among the many such beloved pictures at Chatsworth, one in particular stands out: Jan Van Der Vaardt’s Trompe l’oeil Violin. Episode 6 reveals the mysterious history of this all-time favourite.

Episode 7 – The Landscape as a Work of Art
At Chatsworth, the Devonshire Collection extends beyond the walls of the house. Throughout the gardens and grounds, carefully curated sculptures are thoughtfully integrated with the landscape – “it’s like one amazing piece of land art,” says the 12th Duke. Take a tour of the picturesque setting that has been shaped over time by generations of dukes and duchesses.

Episode 8 – The Changing Face of Portraiture
From the earliest days at Chatsworth, the dukes and duchesses have commissioned Britain’s greatest artists to capture their likenesses. Among the most celebrated of these is Thomas Gainsborough’s depiction of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Learn about the famously extravagant Duchess and see an innovative contemporary portrait of Lady Burlington.

Episode 9 – Design Through the Ages: The Counterpart Bench and George
III Coronation Chair
Form and function go hand-in-hand in great furnishings, whether antiques of royal provenance or cutting-edge creations by today’s most innovative makers. As this episode reveals, at Chatsworth, functional objects have always been valued for both their beauty and their utility.

Episode 10 – The Mortlake Tapestries
Even a familiar, well-documented masterwork that has been hanging on the wall for hundreds of years can still contain untold stories. This episode focuses on how the 17th century Mortlake Tapestries reveal surprising evidence of an unusual period in Chatsworth’s history.

Episode 11- The Devonshire Parure
Of all the objects that one can collect, jewellery is perhaps the most personal, intimate and precious. From the coronation-worthy 19th-century tiara in the Devonshire Parure to a witty, wearable gold brooch by a contemporary designer, jewels have a special legacy at Chatsworth.

Episode 12 – The Queen Zenobia Ball Gown
Among the Duchesses of Devonshire, there have been several tastemakers whose flair for style is evident in the carefully preserved garments that can be found in the closets of Chatsworth. Among the most elaborate of these is the Queen Zenobia gown, commissioned by Duchess Louise in 1897 for a summertime ball. Fashion continues to play a role at Chatsworth today, as the Countess of Burlington explains in this episode.

Episode 13 – Masterworks in Silver
It may be difficult to imagine packing up an enormous silver chandelier for a weekend visit to your country house, but for the 6th Duke of Devonshire, toting the elaborate fixture from one residence to another was simply a necessity. This episode explores the ‘pure bravado’ of many silver objects in the Devonshire Collection as well as a few more understated recent commissions.

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