British artist Ndidi Ekubia creates visually stimulating yet functional silverware that pushes the craft of metal-raising to its limits.

Inspired by the idea of the flow of metals, her abstract vessels feature an all-over texture of hammered marks that create a rippling effect as if the metal were caught in liquid form.

For Chatsworth, Ekubia has created a custom suite of objects, with the graduated sizes of a garniture - a set of ceramics you sometimes see on historic mantelpieces.

Their reflective surfaces play off those of two large pier glasses (mirrors supplied to Chatsworth by John Gumley in 1703), and an impressive silver chandelier in the style of Daniel Marot.

In this stately company, Ekubia’s gleaming vessels introduce a note of vitality into the intimate space of the State Closet and enter into dialogue more broadly with the history of baroque ornamentation, in which material is given life through consummate craftsmanship.

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Ndidi Ekubio photography by Allun Calender 

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