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Flights of Fancy Exhibition Tour

Wed 14 Aug and Sat 14 Sep

11am – 5pm

House & Grounds
Adult £43.50 National Trust/Art Fund Member Adult £30 House and Grounds admission included
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Enjoy a fascinating Flights of Fancy themed day, starting with a curator-led tour of the Flights of Fancy exhibition in the Manor. After the tour there is an opportunity to book lunch in the Restaurant before a visit to the Aviary for a “Meet The Keeper” talk to discover more about our live birds and life at the Aviary. Afterwards there is time to enjoy the gardens at your leisure.

Schedule of the Day

Enjoy a private tour of the Flights of Fancy exhibition in the Manor

Enjoy lunch (if pre-booked) in the Manor Restaurant made by our talented Waddesdon chefs

Visit our Rococo style Aviary for a ‘Meet the Keeper’ talk from one of our knowledgeable Aviary Keepers

Explore the grounds at your leisure with the chance to re-enter the Manor

Flights of Fancy is a rare chance for bird enthusiasts and art lovers alike to explore this beautiful subject through our birds and remarkable displays of porcelain, paintings, drawings and prints.

The exhibition features the life and work of the recently rediscovered Louis-Denis Armand (1723-1796), a painter at the world-famous Sèvres porcelain manufactory. Widely acknowledged as the most talented bird painter at Sèvres, his birds were initially ‘flights of fancy’.

Waddesdon’s own impressive collection of Sèvres painted by Armand includes ten vases from the 1750s-60s and important pieces from the Razumovsky dessert service. These are displayed alongside nearly 50 loans from private collections and from the Musée national de céramique at Sèvres.

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Flights of Fancy: Birds at Waddesdon

Flights of Fancy is a rare chance for bird enthusiasts and art lovers alike to explore this beautiful subject through our birds and remarkable displays of porcelain, paintings, drawings and prints.

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