The Rothchild Style: A presentation by Ulrich Leben

03/17/2018, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

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Ulrich Leben is the Associate Curator of Furniture, The Rothchild Collection, at Waddesdon Manor and Special Exhibition Curator at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He is a scholar of European decorative and fine arts and has lent his expertise to several international exhibitions. He will recount some of the history of the Rothchild Collection including stories of the many fascinating guests who visited.

From their origins in Frankfurt's Jewish ghetto, the Rothchilds became the most powerful banking family of the 19th century. The five brothers, symbolised by the five arrows on their family crest, set up a multinational bank in Europe's financial capitals.

Baron Ferdinand, the builder of Waddesdon Manor, was born in Paris, raised in Frankfurt and Vienna, and moved permanently to England in 1860. He married once to his distant cousin Evelina who died only one year later in childbirth along with their child. Ferdinand devoted his energy to travel and collecting works of art. He was intrigued by history, particularly of 18th century France, so when he decided to build a country home to entertain his friends and display his treasures, he looked to the chateaus of France for his model. His social circle spanned from the royals to historians, explorers and writers. He became a Member of Parliament and was a trustee of the British Museum.

Included with museum admission/Free for Brooks membership.