This room, lined in German oak panelling bought by the 6th Duke of Devonshire, was a space for private prayer and the occasional supper, ‘like a jolly friar’s repast.’ Faye Toogood’s installation 'Hoard of oak', imaginatively responds to this past use. It centres on a carved wooden table with a top like a miniature landscape: an elevated plateau surrounded by a broad valley. 

Accompanying this monumental table are two stools carved from bog oak (a special type of wood found in peat bogs, which has become extremely dark and dense over many years of submersion). The furniture makes for an intriguing contrast with the standing stones that Toogood has placed in the adjoining Chapel: a conversation between the every day and the sacred.  

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