Furniture maker and sculptor Joseph Walsh has a unique stature in Mirror Mirror, having already completed several major works for Chatsworth before the exhibition was conceived.

His studio, on his family’s farm in County Cork, is near to Lismore Castle, the Irish home of the Devonshire family. 

We have relocated the most spectacular of Walsh’s creations for Chatsworth, his Enignum VIII Bed – a composition in bentwood originally conceived for the View Room, in the upper reaches of the house – here to the Sabine Room, named for its painted decoration by Sir James Thornhill, from 1707.

Against the dramatic painted backdrop, Walsh’s bed is poetry in motion. Its beautiful curves rise fully six metres above a sleeper’s head. 

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