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Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon

20 Apr-28 Oct 2012

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Ceramicist and author Edmund de Waal worked with us during the 2012 season to create a new series of pieces inspired by the collections and interiors at Waddesdon.

Ceramicist and author Edmund de Waal worked with us during the 2012 season to create a new series of pieces inspired by the collections and interiors at Waddesdon.

His series of installations, threaded through the ground floor rooms, were a conversation with the collections at Waddesdon. Some of these groups of porcelain vessels relate to spectacular pieces of furniture, or echo the formal groupings of objects in 18th century interiors.  Others take on ideas of collecting itself, how things are kept together, lost, stolen or dispersed.

Edmund de Waal is one of the world’s leading ceramic artists.  He has exhibited widely and his work is held in many major museum collections.  His book ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ was published in 2010 and has received several awards.  He lives with his family in London.

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EXHIBITION OF WORKS
On display in the Breakfast Room:
between two breaths

43 thrown porcelain vessels in white and cream glazes with gilding, contained in two glass vitrines with black aluminium frames on clear polished perspect plinths
40 x 70 x 30cm

On display in the Ante Room:
a promise

5 thrown unglazed porcelain vessels contained in 5 cloudy glass vitrines with white aluminium frames on cloudy perspect plinths
35 x 12 x 12cm each

On display in the Dining Room:
tell me more, tell me again

5 stacks of 52 porcelain dishes in white and cream glazes and gilding, contained in a cloudy glass vitrine with black aluminium frame on a clear polished perspex plinth
40 x 50 x 25cm

all and more
stack of 23 porcelain dishes: 22 in white and cream glazes and 1 gilded dish, contained in a clear glass vitrine with black aluminium frame on a clear, polished prespex plinth
40 x 50 x 25cm

In the Red Drawing Room:
on the properties of fire
48 thrown porcelain vessels, jars and dishes in celadon and white glazes contained in 8 black lacquer, lead-lined boxes stacked inside a black lacquer box
96.5 x 95 x 40cm

In the Grey Drawing Room:
K498
27 thrown porcelain vessels in black glazes and gilding, contained in three glass vitrines with black aluminium frames on black polished perspex plinths
24 x 30 x 22cm each

In the West Gallery:
the fascination of what’s difficult
garniture of 16 thrown porcelain vessels in celadon and white glazes and gilding, contained in 6 black lacquer lead-lined boxes on plinths
Overall dimensions of each, including plinths:
2 of 35.2 x 22.0 x 18.5cm; 2 of 33.2 x 14.5 x 18.5cm; 2 of 40.2 x 24.0 x 18.5cm

In the Tower Drawing Room:
something else. somewhere other
84 thrown porcelain vessels and bowls in white and celadon glazes contained in two free-standing glass vitrines with black aluminium frames
179.5 x 40.0 x 50.0cm each

In the Morning Room I
a walk in the 8e
11 thrown porcelain vessels and jars in celadon, white and cream glazes, contained in three glass vitrines with black aluminium frames on black polished perspex plinths
42 x 48 x 35cm each

In the Morning Room II
some words of music
37 thrown porcelain dishes in black glazes and gilding, contained in 7 black lacquer trays inset with black glass
5 x 20 x 26cm each

At Windmill I
Unpacking my Library
133 thrown porcelain vessels and dishes in white and cream glazes and gilding, contained in a glass-fronted black lacquer vitrine
200 x 200 x 17cm

At Windmill II
remembering X, I think of Y
48 thrown porcelain vessels, unglazed, with white and bright gold gilding contained in two glass vitrines with black aluminium frames on black polished perspex plinths
30 x 240 x 13cm each

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