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Weekend brunch #5: A journey through time – ‘A Rothschild Renaissance. Treasures from the Waddesdon Bequest’

During our youth on one of the many exciting adventures, there is a sincere thrill searching for and discovering trinkets in Grandmother’s jewellery box, or finding an assortment of items in Grandfather’s workshop; each item holding its own tale, mystery and curiosity. As well as the opportunity to explore and learn about the intricate details of society in a bygone era.
Consider this same level excitement, however on a larger scale, with enchanting and expansive provenance, a Renaissance twist and in the heart of Central London.

Pendant formed of cameo bust; set in open-work gold frame; enamelled and set with four rubies; onyx cameo of two layers with bust to right of helmeted head, helmet formed of mask of Pan; mount of cruciform design with fleurs-de-lis between arms, each with quatrefoil at base; modern pendant pearl. 1500-1600 (cameo), 1850-1898 (pearl and frame). Copyright (c) The Rothschild Foundation via The British Museum
Pendant formed of cameo bust; set in open-work gold frame; enamelled and set with four rubies; onyx cameo of two layers with bust to right of helmeted head, helmet formed of mask of Pan; mount of cruciform design with fleurs-de-lis between arms, each with quatrefoil at base; modern pendant pearl. 1500-1600 (cameo), 1850-1898 (pearl and frame). Copyright (c) The Rothschild Foundation via The British Museum

Opening in a new gallery this Thursday 11th June at The British Museum (housed a short distance from where the Bloomsbury Set spent much of their time, always much to our excitement), ‘The Waddesdon Bequest A Rothschild Renaissance’, an exhibition of the marvellous collection of Renaissance art, jewels, and medieval pieces originally in Waddesdon Manor, the country estate belonging to Baron Rothschild (1839 – 1898), nestled in Buckinghamshire.

The Lyte Jewel. Gold pendant jewel set with diamonds, containing miniature portrait of James I by Nicholas Hilliard. Copyright (c) The Rothschild Foundation via The British Museum
The Lyte Jewel. Gold pendant jewel set with diamonds, containing miniature portrait of James I by Nicholas Hilliard. Copyright (c) The Rothschild Foundation via The British Museum

With a wealth of historical accounts revealed in almost 300 exhibits, this is going to be fantastic! Step out of the hustle and bustle of the city, and step into the insightful world of an exquisite collector.

Late C16th. Toothpick pendant; form of mermaid; gold head, scroll head-dress enamelled; body of baroque pearl; lower part terminates in point engraved with scroll pattern between translucent green enamel; enamelled and set with three rubies in raised settings.
Late C16th. Toothpick pendant; form of mermaid; gold head, scroll head-dress enamelled; body of baroque pearl; lower part terminates in point engraved with scroll pattern between translucent green enamel; enamelled and set with three rubies in raised settings. Copyright (c) The Rothschild Foundation via The British Museum

Opening 11th June 2015, Room 2a (the new gallery), daily 10h00-17h30 (20h30 on Fridays).