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Book Competition

8 May 2015

This week’s competition prize is A Rothschild Renaissance: Treasures from the Waddesdon Bequest, by Dora Thornton (The British Museum Press, £30). Click here for a chance to win.

9780714123455This book presents and explores the Waddesdon Bequest, the name given to the Kunstkammer or cabinet collection of Renaissance treasures which was bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. The Bequest is named after Waddesdon Manor, a fairytale French chateau built by Baron Ferdinand from 1874–83, where the collection was housed during his lifetime. The book will unlock the history and romance of this glorious collection, exploring some of its greatest treasures and the stories they tell. It will introduce makers and patrons, virtuoso craftsmanship and the history of collecting from the late medieval to modern periods, as told through the objects. The Waddesdon Bequest will be redisplayed in a new gallery thats opens on 11 June at the British Museum.

For your chance to win simply answer the following question and submit your details here before midday on 22 May 2015.

In which English county is Waddesdon Manor?

This competition closes at midday on Friday 22 May 2015.

For our last competition prize we offered My dear BB: The Letters of Bernard Berenson and Kenneth Clark 1925–1959, edited and annotated by Robert Cumming (Yale University Press, £25).

What was the name of Kenneth Clark’s celebrated BBC series of 1969 on the history of western art?

Answer: Civilisation

Congratulations to the winner, Tony Loader.