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The likenesses of Cornelia Vanderbilt, daughter of George and Edith Vanderbilt, and the family’s St. Bernard, Cedric, has taken up permanent residence at Biltmore’s Antler Hill Village, the estate’s newest guest venue.
A team from Biltmore’s Museum Services and Engineering Services departments, and American Bronze Foundry, worked with Asheville artist Vadim Bora to install the bronze sculpture, “Cornelia and Cedric,” in the area of the village between Cedric’s Tavern and the Creamery.
Biltmore commissioned Bora to create the piece. He based the life-sized work on archival photographs of Cornelia Vanderbilt playing with one of several large St. Bernards the Vanderbilts kept as pets. While the original Cedric passed away in 1902 when Cornelia was just 2 years old, he and his descendants added charm and interest to the estate for many years and provided the inspiration for the new Cedric’s Tavern.
“The carefree nature depicted in this sculpture will remind our guests that this area of the estate – Antler Hill Village – is a place for relaxing and unwinding,” said Ellen Rickman, Director of Museum and Guest Services. “It also makes a statement about the estate’s rich history and reminds us that Biltmore was a home not only to the Vanderbilts, but also to their beloved pets.”
Biltmore was proud to commission Bora and feature a work by one of the area’s most talented artists. Bora, an Asheville resident since 1993, creates works that reflect the high standards found in classical European techniques and traditions, enhanced by contemporary American ingenuity and inspiration.
As a practicing artist and member of Asheville’s arts community, Bora owns a studio-gallery in downtown Asheville. He also exhibits his works at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in Biltmore Village. In 2006, he won a competition to create a 10-piece, life-size figurative sculpture grouping for Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include the new Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, or book a visit to Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
(Images provided by Vadim Bora.)
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