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Philippe Georges de Rothschild (1902-1988)

Philippe de Rothschild was born on 14 April 1902, the second son of Henri de Rothschild. In the 1920s, he was one of Bugatti's leading drivers, and was also a keen yachtsman. He and Henri launched the Theatre Pigalle in Paris in 1929, directing some of the pieces, and he was the producer of one of the first French 'talkies', Lac aux Dames. See Rothschild family papers: papers of institutions: Le Théâtre Pigalle, for sundry publications relating to the theatre.

Philippe joined the Free French forces in London during the second world war, leaving his wife and daughter in Paris.

Philippe combined two Rothschild passions -wine and art - in one unique way: since 1945 the labels of his Château Mouton wine have borne the designs of artists of world renown, such as Picasso, Dali and Chagall. From 1973, the labels adorned a premier crû, Philippe having secured the only ever revision of the Bordeaux classifications made in 1855. These accomplishments are recorded in Philippe's memoires, Milady Vine. From 1957, the challenge of rebuilding Mouton was shared with his second wife, Pauline Fairfax Potter. Together the couple established the museum dedicated to the grape.

An accomplished poet, Philippe was an acclaimed translator of Elizabethan verse, encouraged in this venture by Pauline. He died in January 1988, aged 85, and was buried in the mausoleum at Mouton of his own design.

Philippe de Rothschild, publications, 'Aile D'Argent La Magique', 1947

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Two duplicate copies of Aile D'Argent La Magique, Philippe de Rothschild, illustrated by Eliane Bonabel (Libraire Gallimard, 1947).

Philippe de Rothschild, publications, 'Poèmes', 1950; 1954

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Poèmes by Philippe de Rothschild.  Published by Henri Javal: Volume 1.  A l'aube d'une guerre, 1950. Illustrated by Mario Avati; Volume 2. Eclos à l'aube, 1954. Illustrated by Georges Arnulf.

Philippe de Rothschild, publications, 'Theatre pour trois Saisons', 1960

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Theatre pour trois Saisons, Christopher Fry, texte francais de Philippe de Rothschild (Calmann-Levy, 1960).

Philippe de Rothschild, private papers, commemorative volumes, ''The Vintage Dinner', 1972-1973

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Philippe de Rothschild, private papers, commemorative volumes for 'The Vintage Dinner', 1972-1973:

  • copy of The Vintage Dinner held at The Mirabelle, 1972. the volume includes a guest list, menu, wines and descriptions of estates including Chateau Mouton-d'Armailhacq;
  • copy of The Vintage Dinner held 29 October 1973 at Fishmongers' Hall. Guests included Philippe de Rothschild. The volume includes a guest list, seating plan, menu and wines, as well as description of wine estates including Mouton- Rothschild.

Philippe de Rothschild, private papers, commemorative volume, 'Charrington Dinner', 1973

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Two copies of a bound red leather volume commemorating A Dinner given for Baron Philippe de Rothschild OBE in the cellars of Hedges & Butler Limited, Regent Street London by Alan Walker Esq, Chairman Bass Charrington Limited, Tuesday 24th July 1973. The volume contains a brief history of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, poems translated by Philippe de Rothschild with illustrations a guest list, wine list, and menu. Guests at the event included David Colville, Evelyn de Rothschild, Jacob de Rothschild and Leopold de Rothschild and Peter Quennell. The back page of one copy is signed "to the Mouton lover Peter Quennell, Philippe", (Sir Peter Courtney Quennell (1905-1993) was an English biographer, literary historian, editor, essayist, poet, and critic). This is his personal copy from the event.