Four sets of pelmets, curtains and tie-backs

Tassinari & Chatel (estab. 1680)
Place of production:
Lyon, France
silk, cotton, metal thread and parchment
Type of object:
Accession number:
One of a set, see others


Waddesdon has a very important collection of original curtains and wall silks. They are late nineteenth-century re-weaves of French patterns from the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries from the Lyon silk manufacturers Prelle (established by 1752) and Tassinari and Châtel (established in 1762). Baron Ferdinand chose carefully for each room, provided with fabric samples, and placing orders via Decour, a decorator's firm in Paris.

The four sets of curtains, pelmets and tie backs were chosen for the Dining Room by Ferdinand around 1891, when the fabric is recorded as being ordered and woven at Tassinari and Châtel.

The pattern is probably based on the 1760s silk designs of Philippe de La Salle (1723-1805), who worked with Camille Pernon, the founder of Tassinari and Châtel. He produced many designs with naturalistic flowers, stemming from branches or ribbons, often creating very long repeats (the length of each whole section of pattern). The woven colours are shaded, to give as three-dimensional a look as possible to the pattern. As Waddesdon was designed to sit in its landscape, with the views out of the windows an important part of the experience of the interiors, it seems appropriate that the flowers and insects on the Dining Room curtains should entice house guests towards the Conservatory, and the doors to the garden.


Ordered by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898) in 1891 from Tassinari & Chatel for the Dining Room at Waddesdon; inherited by Miss Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by Mr James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Waddesdon (National Trust)
Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957



David Jenkins; The Cambridge History of Western Textiles; 2 vols; Cambridge; Cambridge University Press; 2003; vol. II, p. 800, fig. 20.6
Natalie K Rothstein; European Silks - Historical and Domestic; Denys Sutton, Aspects of the James A. de Rothschild collection at Waddesdon Manor. Originally published in Apollo, vol. CV, no. 184, June 1977, London, The Financial Times Ltd, 1977; pp. 468-472; pp. 68-72
Michael Hall; Waddesdon Manor: The Heritage of a Rothschild House; New York; Harry N Abrams Inc; 2002; pp. 116-119

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