Thursday, September 5, 2019


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Augmented Reality Wall at the Treasures From Chatsworth exhibit at Sotheby's NYC featuring interactive portraits

Transport yourself from the walls of Sotheby's (71st and York) to the lush green hills, rolling pastures and halls of treasures (complete with talking portraits!) of a legendary British manor. In a rare opportunity to view pieces from one of England's most renowned art collections, Treasures From Chatsworth helps celebrate the 275th anniversary of Sotheby's with a special exhibit of 45 pieces from Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. In an immersive multimedia display by David Korins (set designer for Hamilton and other Broadway productions), visitors experience 5 centuries of collectibles ranging from silver to jewelry to paintings, sculpture, furniture and fashions--explained by docents who are flown in from Chatsworth. Keep reading to see more... 

Theater with short films of the Chatsworth collection--view online here

Of the cautiously curated collectibles on view, standouts include the honeysuckle tiara worn by the household elite (c.1800s), Leonardo da Vinci's painting Leda and the Swan, letters from John F. Kennedy, Raffaelle Mont's A Veiled Vestal Virgin (used in the 2005 rendition of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice starring Keira Knightley) and a robe worn to Queen Elizabeth's coronation. A portrait of the Duke's mother painted by Lucian Freud (1958) is also on display; this was often covered by a scarf when visitors arrived. Augmented Reality helps visitors interact with virtual portraits along a floral wall in the opening gallery. The exhibit remains on display until September 13th. Reserve your free tickets here

Evansong (ceramic work of 20 glazed porcelain pieces) by Pippin Drysdale (2017)

 [L] Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of Duchess Georgina / [R] John Singer Sargent's portrait of Duchess Evelyn

Pair of Regency Arm chairs and George III music stand

Set of state livery

 Devonshire peeress robe worn to Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953

Day suit and mantle of the Order of the Garter worn by the 11th Duke

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