a sounding line, installation view2007
66 porcelain vessels
A Sounding Line
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
In 2007 Edmund de Waal was invited to make a permanent installation for Chatsworth. A house where porcelain is as much a part of its texture as the pictures and furniture, where porcelain rests in vitrines and on desks, mantelpieces and corbels, where impressive masses stretch up to the ceiling. And so de Waal chose the fireplaces and high corbels of the Chapel Corridor. Here, the softly modulated light reveals the variations in form, colour and tone of my porcelain vessels as you walk along, like music echoing through the house. The formal groupings reflect and contrast each other like musical phrases – sounding and resounding.
Installation photography: Hélène Binet & Steve Brown