T his ceramic work, comprised of 20 glazed porcelain pieces, was in part a gift from the artist Pippin Drysdale, to the Duke and Duchess on their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2017. The remainder were purchased later that year.
The Duke of Devonshire recalls, "As is often the case, we bumped into Pippin's work before we met her. Having acquired some of her pots we were naturally interested to find out more about the maker. We now know her quite well and take great pleasure in her company although geography is a challenge as she lives in Australia. We never had a particular place in mind when we acquired any of her work but it seems that for instance this suite, Devils Marbles, is extremely popular with many of our visitors, placed as it usually is, in a very richly decorated 1700s interior on top of a 'bureau plat' by Charles Boulle."
Pippin Drysdale's work recalls the geology, biodiversity, colors and textures of the Australian landscape, referencing different landforms across the desert valley, depicting shadows and colors at different times of the day.
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