Tudor or Today?
Annie Block, Mark McMenamin, and Meghan Edwards -- Interior Design, 5/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
When Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst was a director at the Gagosian Gallery in London, she began staging cutting-edge summer exhibitions on the grounds of her ancestral home, Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire's Cotswold Hills. Subject matter was restricted to contemporary sculpture, and mostly everything was for sale. A few years later, design took over from art, thanks to a partnership with dealer Kenny Schachter and auction house Phillips de Pury & Company.
The tradition continues this year with "Sotheby's at Sudeley Castle, A Selling Exhibition," organized in association with the Carpenters Workshop Gallery and running May 28 through August 1. Spread over 220 acres are 23 one-of-a-kind and limited-edition designs including special commissions. Imagine Marcel Wanders's shiny Bon Bon Gold lounge chair, 2010, just inches from a mid-1600's building ruined during the English Civil War. Or Studio Job's gravity-defying Pouring Jug in the shadows of the Dungeon Tower once owned by Richard III. The juxtaposition of Queen Catherine Parr's tomb with Jurgen Bey's fantastical TeaSceneryDeluxe installation? Sublime.