Riches of the Earth
25 March – 25 October 2015
A trail around the house and grounds highlights some of the treasures once belonging to the manor's original resident, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild.
Ferdinand de Rothschild was a prominent collector of Renaissance objets d'art which he used to furnish his grand manor in Buckinghamshire. While the bulk of this collection was bequeathed to the British Museum on his death in 1898, examples can still be found at Waddesdon – either in collections inherited from other members of the Rothschild family or in the fabric of the building itself.
Rotschild had a particular interest in items celebrating the wealth of the Earth. The trail includes vessels and sculptures made from earthenware and porcelain clays, jewellery from precious rocks, tapestries made from natural dyes and pigments and furniture of rare woods, resins, stones and metals.
Some of the smaller objects and items from store are on display in the Exhibition Room, allowing for a closer examination of the materials and techniques involved in their production.