Giant wine bottle sculptures a reminder of Rothschild legacy

Vasconcelos sculptures at Waddesdon Manor PNL-150420-163128001
Vasconcelos sculptures at Waddesdon Manor PNL-150420-163128001

Eye-catching sculptures at Waddesdon Manor have been unveiled by Lord Rothschild.

Lafite by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconce, consists of two seven metre tall structures composed of glass wine bottles.

Vasconcelos sculptures at Waddesdon Manor PNL-150420-163140001

Vasconcelos sculptures at Waddesdon Manor PNL-150420-163140001

They are set on a steel armature and lit from within with high density LEDs.

The siting in front of the manor is particularly appropriate as the bottles originate from Château Lafite Rothschild, one of the two great Rothschild vineyards in Bordeaux, and the west sculpture stands opposite the door to the Wine Cellars beneath the house.

The work was acquired by the Rothschild Foundation.

In astatement it said: “At Waddesdon, a house famous for hospitality from its creation to the present day, the candlesticks are a reminder of the pleasures of the table, and the value of domesticity, as well as linking the collections inside the house with the outside world.

Vasconcelos sculptures at Waddesdon Manor PNL-150420-163116001

Vasconcelos sculptures at Waddesdon Manor PNL-150420-163116001

“They also underline the convivial role wine plays throughout the world and the connections of the Rothschild family to the world of wine, not only to Château Lafite Rothschild, but also Château Mouton Rothschild.

“The acquisition of Lafite heralds a Year of Wine at Waddesdon, with a range of special events.”