Rothschild, Ferdinand von (1839-1898)

Photograph of Ferdinand James von Rothschild. Photograph of Ferdinand James von Rothschild.

Ferdinand James Anselm von Rothschild was born in Paris in 1839 as the second son of Baron Anselm von Rothschild (1803–1874) and his English wife, Charlotte von Rothschild (née Rothschild, 1807–1859). In 1874 he bought the Waddesdon estate in Buckinghamshire and commissioned the building of Waddesdon Manor.

Here he displayed his collection of objets d'art and other items, including embroideries from the late medieval period to the eighteenth century. Many of these embroideries had been part of ecclesiastical vestments and other textiles. When he died in 1898, he bequeathed Waddesdon and most of the collection to his sister, Alice Charlotte von Rothschild.

In 1897, he published an essay on collecting, called 'Bric-a-brac,' reprinted in Apollo, July/August 2007, pp. 54-77.

Source: BOAK, Rachel (2013). Sacred Stitches. Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, Rothschild Foundation, Waddesdon Manor/National Trust, pp. 10-12.

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