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26 OctFri / 2012"Inheritance: The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles" chronicles a family’s nearly 400-year history of wealth, inheritance, and titles. On November 14 the Rienzi and Bayou Bend book club hosts discussions about the book, with a surprise appearance by a guest close to the family. . . .
23 FebThu / 2012In late January, Rienzi’s first ever exhibition, English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century, closed. I find that it is still slightly jarring to walk through the Dining Room, where during the four months the exhibition was on view, I became used to the sight of dishes such as larded hare, flummeries, and samphire. Replacing the elaborate dinner table setting is a display of Paul Storr silver pieces. Three...
15 DecThu / 2011This past Tuesday, Christie’s New York auction house held a sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry, 80 pieces totaling a whopping $116 million. At the top of that list, was a necklace featuring one of the most celebrated pearls known in the world – La Peregrina. The pearl is familiar in Rienzi’s gallery, where it is prominently depicted in a full-length portrait of Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain from 1605. The jewel made its way to...