Chatsworth House reflects a new chapter.
Mirrorworks has been very fortunate to have been working for the national treasure that is Chatsworth house for a few years now. Over the time we have produced several very large mirrors for both the public and private areas of the house. To our delight we were invited to produce a mirrored wall to compliment a new ceramic installation designed by the talented ceramicist Jacob van de Beugel featuring the DNA profiles of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This exhibition entittled 'Everyman' has been hailed as 'Chatsworth’s most important permanent exhibition since the creation of its sculpture gallery in 1832’.
Once we received the drawings we realised this was a massive undertaking and involved us producing 233 hand silvered mirror panels. Our brief was to produce mirrors which suited the old grandeur of the house. We worked on the composition of the silver and how it deposited itself to the glass. This technique yielded a subtle golden brown to the silver of the mirror. It's taken lots of long days, late nights and very early mornings but finally the design has been realised and the exhibition is now open to the public.
This has been such a beautiful project to work on. To see it come to fruition from drawings to the final installation and knowing we've been a part of a new chapter in the life of a great British house such as Chatsworth is an experience both Rob & I will never forget.
Jacob van der Beugel 'Everyman'
16 March 2014 onwards
North Sketch Gallery, Chatsworth House