Waddesdon ManorWaddesdon ManorTimeless Design Gala

Timeless Design Award  |   2009

Timeless Design Honors Lord Rothschild

Lord Jacob RothschildLord (Jacob) Rothschild was presented with the Timeless Design Award at The Royal Oak Foundation's annual fundraising event at New York City's Metropolitan Club in October. He was honored in recognition of his outstanding stewardship and support of Waddesdon Manor, which is currently owned by the National Trust.

Waddesdon Manor is his family's magnificent English home that was built in 1874 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild and includes extensive formal gardens and world-renowned collections of French furniture, paintings and decorative arts. Lord Rothschild was additionally recognized for the restoration of Spencer House and Somerset House, both in London, and for his leadership and philanthropic support of major museums, educational institutions, archaeological and heritage sites around the world.

At the event, Lord Rothshild gave an illustrated talk on his family's history with Waddesdon Manor. Lord Rothschild shared, "The story goes that George Washington Vanderbilt visited Waddesdon Manor with his architect Richard Morris Hunt, who went on and on about the finer points of French Renaissance architecture. After a bit, Vanderbilt lost patience and is said to have said 'make Biltmore 10 yards longer than Waddesdon!' "

Royal Oak Chairman Patrick Gallagher welcomed the event participants, and National Trust Director-General Dame Fiona Reynolds presented the award to Lord Rothschild. A live auction was conducted by Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby's.

Proceeds from the Timeless Design Award & Gala Benefit will support the Royal Oak Scholarship Fund for the Attingham Summer School Program and Royal Oak's work with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland - including special funds for Croome Court in Worcestershire and the MAD About Waddesdon arts festival.

Royal Oak is deeply grateful to its long-time sponsors of the Timeless Design Award & Gala Benefit Sotheby's and Lee Jofa. Audemars Piguet, the luxury Swiss watchmaker, contributed a "Royal Oak" tabletop hand-crafted clock as a reminder of the timeless achievements of Lord Rothschild at Waddesdon Manor.

Images from the Gala

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(All photos © Steven Tucker)

Mr. & Mrs. Oscar DeLaRenta and Lord Rothschild Bagley Reid and Pauline Metcalf Betsy & Bill Ruprecht with Royal Oak chairman Patrick Gallagher (center) Bruce Coleman Perkins, Lord Rothschild and Dame Fiona Reynolds
Frank Webb and Matthew White Irene Roosevelt Aitken, Arete Warren and William Warren Jill Capobianco, Renny Reynolds, Madeline Hooper and J. Thomas Savage Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill and Alex Apsis
Lord Rothschild and Dame Fiona Reynolds Madeline and Ian Hooper with Linda Allard Marilyn and Stephen Miles Mercedes Bass and Henry Kravis with Lord Rothschild
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Towbin with Lord Rothschild Patrick Gallagher, Susan and P. Coleman Townsend, and M.J. Sawyer Patrick Gallagher, Dame Fiona Reynolds and Bruce Coleman Perkins Princess Firyal of Jordan and Galen Weston
Rod Plesants, Linda Allard, Steve Godwin and Linda Peckerman Suzy Grote, Peter Ness and Richard Grote Tom Kelly, Dede and James Caughman, Blair and Alistair Clarke, Josie Patton and Tom Savage attendees at the 2009 Timeless Design Gala