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Modern Makers at Chatsworth House



In creating the ‘Enignum VI Canopy Bed – Chatsworth’, Joseph Walsh has created a space, a cocooned feeling of protection and enclosure within a silk canopy, which creates a sense of enclosure.

Joseph Walsh created the ‘Enignum VI Canopy Bed – Chatsworth’ for the exhibition ‘Modern Makers’ in Chatsworth House, Derbyshire in England.


Taking Chatsworth, and the Devonshire Collection, as a source of inspiration, ‘Modern Makers’ is a unique selling exhibition of contemporary craft, hosted by Sotheby’s, which includes some of the very best international practitioners working today.

For more than three centuries, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has been home to the Dukes of Devonshire, whose legendary collection of paintings and decorative arts is one of the world’s greatest.


Hosted by Sotheby’s, ‘Modern Makers’ was a thought provoking show, which aimed to challenge perceptions of conventional crafts practice. In describing the exhibition, curator Sarah Griffin has commented: ‘This is an exhibition of work by artists who either feature in the Devonshire’s collection of contemporary applied arts, or whose work, in material, technique, subject matter or function, corresponds with aspects of the historical collection.


These makers are masters of their chosen materials and techniques – which partly define their work, but equally bring content, depth of reference, well-thought out and considered design to each work’.



For the ‘Enignum VI Canopy Bed – Chatsworth’, as well as all other works, a conceptual scale model, which explores the free form composition, has been created using the final material – Olive Ash.

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