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Château Mouton Rothschild Wine Bottle

Here's one of the more unusual items we have in the Archive at Perry Green - an unopened bottle of red wine.

In 1966 Henry Moore was approached by Baron Philippe de Rothschild to produce a design for the label of 1964 vintage of Château Mouton Rothschild.

Using an existing etching, Moore cut and hand tinted the sections, highlighting the goblets with gold ink. The designs were sent to Baron de Rothschild for approval.

“The first illustrations for a label of the Château Mouton Rothschild dates from 1924, when Baron Philippe de Rothschild commisioned Jean Carlu to celebrate the then revolutionary idea of château-bottling as a means of quality control. The commisioning of artists was renewed after the Second World War, when the Baron chose to incorporate Churchill's 'V for Victory' sign into the label of the 1945 vintage, and since then only two vintage years have not borne the work of a distinguished artist - 1953, the cententary year of the buying of Mouton by Baron Nathaniel, which bore his portrait, and 1977 when a visit of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was commemorated with the royal coat-of-arms.

Other artists who have also contributed designs include Braque in 1955, Dali in 1958, Miró in 1969, Chagall in 1970 and Picasso in 1973.”

David Mitchinson, writing in his 2010 book, Henry Moore Prints and Portfolios

An article in The Observer, dated 2 July 1978, states that payment for the artwork was "five cases of a particularly good year of Mouton, plus five cases of the year of vintage for which the design was done."

Waddesdon Manor, home to the Rothschild family, houses their wine cellar, where many of the label designs can be seen. A perfectly cool place to visit in the height of the Great British Summer.