New Vanderbuilt exhibition: The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad
“The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” features rare and exotic items from the family’s extensive collection of art, books, jewelry and more. The items help further interpret details of the Vanderbilts’ lives – some elements that have never before been shared with the public.
The exhibition opens on April 7 in the Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village.
George Vanderbilt and his wife, Edith, traveled extensively and loved to bring home objects original to the countries they visited. They, along with daughter, Cornelia, amassed some 50,000 objects. Pieces brought out of the archives for this exhibition include some that have never been on display before, including a set of Japanese samurai armor, Edith Vanderbilt’s Louis Vuitton travel trunk, a silver tea service from George Vanderbilt’s private rail car and a volume from the “History of Holland House” books. These books contain the most important manuscripts in Biltmore’s collection. Letters, prints, etchings and drawings spanning British history from the mid-1500s through the late 19th century are included, with original correspondence from Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon, Lafayette and Lord Byron.
Also for the first time, the story of the Vanderbilts’ fateful decision not to sail on Titanic, on which they were booked, will be shared. On display will be a handcrafted model of Titanic, the original menus from the ill-fated ship, and several other objects related to this story.
Details on the web:http://biltmore.com/