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Sources for business history

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: Sèvres plate from the collection of French Rothschild family, late 19th century

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

Sèvres plate bearing the Rothschild family crest from the collection of French Rothschild family, late 19th century.

Dining in style

When, in November 1821, Metternich, the Imperial Austrian Chancellor, received an invitation from Amschel Rothschild (1773-1855) "to take soup with him" at his house in Frankfurt, he little expected the magnificent banquet which awaited him. Food was to become both a love and an important asset to the smooth transaction of business. Magnificence and scale needed the best chefs and the best technology; Rothschild kitchens were among the finest to be found. In 1826, James de Rothschild (1792-1868) took on the great chef Antonin Careme, formerly employed by the Tsar of Russia. Several of his most famous recipes bear the name ‘Rothschild.'

Rothschilds and Sèvres

Many members of the Rothschild family collected Sèvres porcelain. The collection of Ferdinand de Rothschild (1838-1898) included the Razoumovsky dessert service, now on display at Waddesdon Manor. Some of the collections of Sèvres of the French branch of the family can be seen today in the Villa Ephrussi at St Jean Cap Ferrat, the former home of Béatrice Ephrussi, née de Rothschild (1864-1934).

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