LUXURYCULTURE.COM - Sothebys at Sudeley: Alice in Auctionland


A spectacular Sotheby's selling exhibition of contemporary design at England's Sudeley Castle juxtaposes cutting edge functional art with historic gardens for a Mad Hatter affect.

For collectors of contemporary design, the collaboration between auction house Sotheby's, Carpenters Workshop Gallery and the magnificent Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, is an enticing environment in which to make their next major purchase. Dotted amongst Sudeley’s manicured gardens and surrounding the 10th century stately home are 25 one-off and limited edition pieces by the likes of Marc Quinn, Marcel Wanders and Wendell Castle, brought together for a selling exhibition. For aficionados of design without the means (prices here range from £10,000 to £250,0000), the show offers a rare opportunity to see cutting edge design in a contrasting historic setting – and a splendid day trip from London.

This is not the first time that contemporary design has been exhibited at Sudeley. As the family seat of the Dent-Brocklehurst family, the influential art advisor Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst (a former director of Gagosian Gallery who is now a curator at Moscow’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture) has since 2005 used the castle to exhibit contemporary art. And while Sotheby’s stages an annual outdoor show of monumental sculpture at Chatsworth House, this marks its first open air exhibit of design pieces with a utilitarian aspect (even the seemingly decorative Wellness Skull by Atelier Van Lieshout hides a fully functioning sauna for five). A giant skull here, a floating jug there, and a park bench that morphs into an undulating sculpture? Sotheby’s at Sudeley is Alice in Wonderland with price tags.

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Sotheby’s at Sudeley, A Selling Exhibition runs May 28 to 1 August 1.

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