Treasures from Chatsworth

Behind the Scenes of Treasures from Chatsworth: One Week Until Opening

By Halina Loft
Coming to Sotheby's New York from 28 June–13 September, Treasures from Chatsworth: The Exhibition brings together more than 40 pieces from the Devonshire Collection and the legendary Chatsworth House in a groundbreaking installation by Hamilton set designer David Korins.

D avid Korins, the award-winning set designer who brought Hamilton to life, is preparing to unveil his latest creative project at Sotheby's. Treasures from Chatsworth: The Exhibition is a remarkable chance to see 500 years of art and objects from one of Britain's most esteemed country estates.

As the team transformed Sotheby's York Avenue galleries, we took an inside look at the innovative design and the intricate elements that caught Korins's eye. But these photos are only a fraction of what's to come. Reserve your complimentary tickets to see all the treasures for yourself, beginning 28 June at Sotheby's.

(left) Michael Craig-Martin’s Digital Portrait of Laura, Lady Burlington, (right) John Singer Sargent’s Evelyn, Duchess of Devonshire.

In the foreground, a larger-than-life clawfoot prop inspired by a piece Korins saw at Chatsworth. In the background large LED screens are tested mid-installation.
"I found myself zooming in on these small, intricate details and my light bulb moment was, 'What if I could, instead of delivering a huge swath of the environment, bring our journey closer and more specifically down to the littlest, most incredible detail that you might not get if you were just moving through these rooms one at a time.'
David Korins

Installation specialists deliver decorative elements to Sotheby’s galleries.
"We're talking about a family who have had their finger on the pulse of the cultural landscape for hundreds of years, so it's extraordinary to see something like Old Master drawings, next to exquisitely done oil paintings, next to some of the best sculpture I've ever seen, next to timeless pieces of clothing, all kind of pouring from one gallery into the next."
David Korins

Installation view with works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck and others.
"The thing about the Chatsworth exhibition is I’m not quite sure where, except for one of the great museum exhibitions in the world, you could see a Da Vinci sketch next to a Freud painting. It’s staggering to think about what it means to be part of a lineage of collectors who both would have the insight and the wherewithal to collect something like a Freud painting, beautiful family jewels, and a Da Vinci sketch, all in one place."
David Korins

(left) Art handlers install Leonardo da Vinci’s Leda and the Swan, (right) a sculpture arrives to the gallery.

Installing lights in the double height gallery space. Julian Cassady Photography LTD
"With Chatsworth, and Sotheby's, you don't have to pretend or add a story onto anything. This is the real article, the real piece of furniture, the real treasure."
David Korins

(top left) An Edward VII Silver-Gilt Freedom Case and Ascot Gold Cup, (bottom left) Felicity Aylieff’s Chasing Red (right) Opening the crate for the Vestal Virgin.

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