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Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

The New Court Vitrine: Portrait plaques of Baron and Baroness Carl Mayer von Rothschild, c.1840

The New Court Vitrine, curated by The Rothschild Archive, recalls the cases of treasures and cabinets of curiosity that graced the great Rothschild houses.

Two portrait plaques depicting Baron Carl Mayer von Rothschild (1788-1855), and his wife, Adelheid, (née Hertz) (1800-1853). 

Carl was the fourth of Mayer Amschel Rothschild's sons. In the early 1820s, he was dispatched to Naples to handle the family's business there and formed the fifth Rothschild banking house under the name C M von Rothschild & figli. Dividing his time between Naples and Frankfurt, he and Adelheid played host to important political and society figures.

These two exquisitely carved circular marble portrait plaques in heavy gilded frames depict likenesses of Carl and Adelheid in profile relief. The artist is unknown and the pieces undated, but from the appearance of the sitters they are believed to date from 1840. Displayed at old New Court for many years, it is likely that these pieces were in the collection of Carl and Adelheid’s daughter Charlotte (1819-1884), who married her English cousin, Baron Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879) in 1836. They would have been a comforting reminder of her parents living across The Channel.

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