Waddesdon Manor is a fairytale French chateau in the Buckinghamshire countryside, with an unparalleled collection of 18th Century antique marquetry furniture , including pieces made for Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI and other members of the French royal family.
The manor was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839–1898) and each Christmas, the manor is transformed with beautiful themed decorations, based on countries connected to the founding partners of the Rothschild banking dynasty. This year, the theme is England, with quirky touches like bowler hats and pin-stripe bunting being in stark contrast to the flamboyant antique cabinets.
Lancashire readers of Homes and Antiques magazine have the chance to take an early peek at Waddesdon’s festive decorations, with a fun-packed day on 15th November. Following a welcoming coffee and introductory talk, H&A readers will get a guided tour of the Bachelors’ Wing and East wing, replete with 18th Century furniture and English-themed Christmas displays. This is followed by a two-course festive lunch with wine in the restaurant, after which guests will be whisked off to the plant centre for a workshop on how to make a festive centrepiece like those on the manor’s antique dining tables . After tea and cake, guests can take a stroll to admire the Blue Moon on a Platter installation by the world renowned light artist Bruce Munro.
The collections at Waddesdon Manor are well worth a trip down from the Ribble Valley, with antique cabinets and antique desks made by some of Europe’s foremost 18th century cabinetmakers. Antique dealers in Lancashire often have Victorian dining chairs and other pieces in the Louis XVI style.
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