Rothschild heritage on display at Waddesdon

Edmund de Waaf's work is on display
Edmund de Waaf's work is on display
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EDMUND de Waal will be exhibiting work inspired by Waddesdon Manor in a unique exhibition which opens on Friday at the world famous historic house.

The manor was built from 1874 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his collection of art treasures and to entertain the fashionable world.

Now potter, artist and author de Waal has created an exhibition of 10 porcelain installations which are all inspired by the manor and its Rothschild heritage.

de Waal said: “Waddesdon is a fabulous faux-French château in the middle of Buckinghamshire, full of Sèvres porcelain and gilt furniture and extraordinary art. It is a wonderfully nuanced bit of Rothschild assimilation into Victorian English society, a sort of dressing-up game on the grandest scale possible. So I am making a series of vitrines of porcelain to put alongside all these other vitrines. It is my take on family and display. I intend it to be really beautiful and for it to be a way of thinking through, in visual terms, some of the ideas on belonging that drift through my book The Hare with Amber Eyes.”

There will also be a special ‘in conversation’ event with de Waal and author Tracy Chevalier on May 3.

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