My wife and I acquired this piece, called “Five caddies and tea pots on a ground” by Julian Stair in February 2010. We visited his studio last summer as we have long admired his work.

I went back to see what he’d produced recently. I was delighted to find a number of exquisite pieces and this is one of them.

We certainly had not planned to introduce any contemporary work into the State Rooms, but it seemed appropriate to have contemporary china in the 1st Duke’s closet which has been decorated with plates for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately this piece has already become known, rather irreverently, as “Teapot Row” which is also the name of 4 estate cottages built by my great grandfather, opposite what is now the Estate Office on the outskirts to Edensor Village.

Stoker Devonshire

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