Making folded linen a feast for the eyes

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It may not sound like a thrill a minute – but in fact a new exhibition of folded linen at Waddesdon Manor throws up some extraordinary sculptures that have be seen to be believed.

Spanish artist Joan Sallas is the world’s leading authority on historic linen folding, and was on hand to explain his fascination with the work when the exhibition opened earlier this month.

A new exhibition has opened at Waddesdon Manor by Joan Sallas - Folded Beauty - Masterpieces in linen - pictured is the artist and his works

A new exhibition has opened at Waddesdon Manor by Joan Sallas - Folded Beauty - Masterpieces in linen - pictured is the artist and his works

His works of art include a 1.5 metre high table fountain flanked by heraldic beasts, a three metre long snake and various animals, vegetables and architectural features, using designs which would have once graced the court and aristocratic tables of Europe.

Some of his sculptures have taken years of research, as he has learned how to construct them.

The exhibition in the dining room will reamin at Waddesdon until October.

As well as the video above, we have a photo slideshow from the exhibition