Treasures from Chatsworth: The Exhibition

In celebration of Sotheby’s 275th anniversary and the opening of the expanded New York galleries, the auction house will host a remarkable exhibition Treasures from Chatsworth showcasing 45 objects from the world renown Chatsworth House, the home of Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.


The exhibit at Sotheby’s runs from June 28th to September 18th and is an unusual opportunity for those in America to see selections of the fine collection. Highlights include works by artists as diverse as Rembrandt van Rijn to Lucian Freud, as well as furniture and decorative pieces spanning the 16th through the 21st century in addition to gorgeous jewelry, costumes and important archival materials related to historic events.


The Allure of Chatsworth

Chatsworth House is a key destination for those wishing to visit the historic home and beautiful lands and view the unparalleled collection of art, decorative objects and antiquities. The art collection includes thousands of works from Ancient Rome and Egypt as well as important artwork by artists such as Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese. Chatsworth House has over thirty rooms to visit, the most admired including the Painted Hall, State Rooms, as well as the Sketch Galleries and the famous Sculpture Gallery with its remarkable connections to the tradition of the Grand Tour.

The Chatsworth Sculpture Gallery

Chatsworth Sculpture Gallery Circa 1876 showing two snake handled tazze.

Of course, one of our absolute favourite places to visit at Chatsworth House is always the Sculpture Gallery and this summer in tandem with the Sotheby’s show, Nicholas Wells is delighted to present a marble tazza attributed stylistically to Lorenzo Bartolini (1777-1850), the neoclassical sculptor admired and patronised by Napoléon.

The Bartolini Tazza

The Bartolini Tazza discovered by experts at Nicholas Wells Antiques Ltd.

Bartolini was widely admired by British Grand Tourists and it is known that he designed three funerial monuments as well as portrait busts and ten or more statues including a colossal Medici vase for the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth.

Another double snake handled marble tazza of this identical model stands in the Chatsworth House Sculpture Hall. It is believed that the Wells tazza given the sheer complexity of its creation (carved from a single piece of statuary marble) is the smaller of the two commissioned by the 6th Duke of Devonshire on his Grand Tour.  The. two tazze recorded in the Duke’s journal. Removed and apparently lost from the sculpture gallery in the early 20th century following damage – now restored by the finest marble workers to its original condition.

Chatsworth Sculpture Gallery

An Unusual Exhibition Space

The exhibition space at Sotheby’s itself is an attraction as well, designed by David Korins who explains: “For this experience, 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.” 


We encourage everyone in New York during the summer and early fall to visit this splendid exhibition Treasures from Chatsworth, on view from the 28th of June to 18th of September 2019 at Sotheby’s 1334 York Avenue, New York. Admission is free.