October 6, 2010

Crossing the Pond





By the time most of you read this, I will have long settled into my flight across the pond.  While my personal life takes me to London quite often, I'm on a "work mission" this trip: the Chatsworth Attic Sale hosted by Sothebys Auction House October 6th, 7th, and 8th.

The auction has been on my radar, partly because I love sourcing antiques for my clients, but moreso because I have been intrigued by Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire ever since the film The Duchess, starring Kiera Knightly.




While the Duchess lived a both lively and tragic life, her mark on the fashion and politics of the time have set her firmly as prime player in London during the late 1700's.




But I digress, the Duchess herself could fill many a posts, so back to Chatsworth...




Constructed in 1553 by Bess of Hardwick, wife of Sir William Cavendish, Chatsworth has served as a country estate for the Cavendish family ever since.  Chatsworth, located in Derbyshire, England, has is the seat for the Duke of Devonshire and it is the infamous 5th Duke of Devonshire that was the husband of Georgiana.

The interiors are grand, despite their "country" location and many of the pieces being auctioned are architectural artifacts....if only I were building a house right now from scratch...what amazing inspiration I would find amongst these attic treasures!  Wish me luck!  Cheerio!














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