Waddesdon Manor was built between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain his guests and display his vast collection of art treasures. It is an extraordinary testimony to Victorian taste, technology and wealth. It houses a world-renowned assemblage of French 18th century decorative arts, among which the furniture, Savonnerie carpets and Sevres porcelain rank extremely highly. Also outstanding are the portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds, works by 17th century Dutch and Flemish Masters and a spectacular silver dinner service made for George III. In addition, the estate boasts an extensive wine cellar, one of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain, a parterre and statuary. It also features a rose garden and a famed rococo-style aviary which houses a splendid collection of exotic birds.