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Filming at Harewood House, 2nd – 5th August

Victoria ITV

As you may know, Harewood House has been used as a major set for ITV’s flagship period drama “Victoria”. Throughout the first series, the production saw Harewood transformed into Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. The programme was viewed by over 7 million people here in Britain and has also been broadcast in over 100 countries worldwide. Series two is currently being filmed across Yorkshire and on the 2nd – 5th August, Harewood will once again become Buckingham Palace. This will cause some changes to visitor access to the House and grounds.

To allow the film crew to transform Harewood House into Buckingham Palace, we will close Below Stairs between 2nd – 5th August.  Part of the Terrace, Terrace Cafe and Terrace Gallery will be closed on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August but will reopen on the 5th August. Please note on 3rd August, no access to the Terrace will be possible.

To ensure that you can enjoy all of the House, we will be opening the State Floor to all visitors between 2nd – 5th August at no additional cost. This will allow you to see the magnificent rooms and the Victorian Harewood exhibitions.

Filming generates vital income for Harewood and it makes a significant difference to the charity. We would like to thank all our visitors in advance for their patience and we hope that you enjoy seeing the House being used by a large film production like “Victoria”.

The Antiques & Fine Art Fair returns to Harewood

The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood returns at an earlier time this year, from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017. Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, the fair is staged in a purpose-built marquee overlooking the stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscape towards the 18th century country house, hailed as one of the great Treasure Houses of England.

Supported by Knight Frank Harrogate and Wilson Mitchell & Co, senior partner practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, the fair is now in its 6th year, and is a firm fixture in the diary for the discerning interior decorator and private buyer looking for distinctive, unusual and individual pieces for the home. The fair is a boutique-style event with around 30 specialist exhibitors taking part, the majority being members of BADA or LAPADA, the leading UK dealers’ trade associations. All abide by strict codes of practice.

Major highlights of the fair are to be found with first time exhibitor, Mary Cooke Antiques, specialist silver dealers from central London, who are bringing some exceptional pieces of York silver. York silver is very rare to come across as York was a small centre of silver and the assay office closed in 1856 resulting in very little surviving from that period and earlier. One piece is an Argyle, made in York in 1790 by Hampston & Prince, £8,950. Argyles are generally accepted to have been containers for gravy or sauce as the design incorporates some form of heat preserving element. The credit for inventing these Argyles goes to the 3rd Duke of Argyll as he and his Duchess had become tired of their sauces arriving cold at the dining table at Inverary Castle. Argyles made in London are scarce, however, it is thought that only a handful were made in York and examples are exceptionally rare. Two more pieces of York silver are Charles II tumbler cups which were used to drink from when travelling in carriages so they would always tumble back to the flat point. One was made in York in 1680 by Richard Waynes, £8,950, and the second was made in York in 1678, £8,950. Near identical examples of both cups are in the William Lee Collection, held in the York Minster Undercroft.

Another interesting piece with a local provenance is a Spode porcelain spill vase, hand-painted with a view of York Minster, c.1820, from Carolyn Stoddart-Scott, £340. Antique maps are always a source of fascination and J Dickinson Maps & Prints has an excellent choice of local topographical subjects including a map of the West Riding of Yorkshire by Jan Jansson from 1646, £595.

Northern artists have a strong following in this part of the country and Haynes Fine Art is putting on a good show including Warm skies over an industrial landscape by Brian Shields (aka Braaq), who was born into a Liverpool family in 1951 and A View of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh by Louis H Grimshaw (1870-1943), £235,000, born in Leeds. For something more contemporary, Richwood Fine Art is bringing a study for the painting Four colours, Black + White Visual Grey, warm and cold yellow sensation by Bridget Riley (born 1931) , one of the foremost exponents of Op Art, £45,760. Other fine art dealers are Ashleigh House Fine Art and Cambridge Fine Art.

A mix of 19th and 20th century bronze sculpture such as Reflections among the Ruins by Dominique Alonzo, c.1920, £4,450, and contemporary wildlife bronzes by Robert Glen (b.1940), who lives in Tanzania, are being offered by Garret & Hurst Sculpture. More options are available from Hickmet Fine Arts with an excellent early 20th century bronze figure of a reclining lioness, c.1900, signed Valton, £2,650 and a late 19th century bronze group of a family of hares, signed J Moigniez, c.1870, £6,850.

The ‘look’ of the fair is always cleverly defined by the dealers, who go to great lengths to create a room-set in order to give visitors ideas and inspiration on how to display items at home often using a combination of antique and contemporary pieces. William Cook Antiques has a number of eye-catching pieces of furniture such as an unusual William IV games table, c.1835, £1,600, and a Regency period mahogany bookcase, c.1800, £3,300. A great choice of oak and country furniture is available from Melody Antiques as well as quirky accessories tracked down by Mike Melody, who has an excellent eye for spotting the unusual.

Lighting is paramount in any interior and Fileman Antiques’ stand is cleverly lit with a pair of cut glass and ormolu candelabra by F & C Osler, c.1880, £3,200, as well as other glass items including drinking vessels and a pair of Regency cut glass drum base candlesticks, c.1800, £5,000). Antique glass, both English and Continental, is also available from another specialist glass dealer Mark J West and more silver highlights are on offer from Ilkley based silver dealer Jack Shaw & Co including a Charles II silver porringer, c 1683, £6,500.

A 2,000 year old apple is one of the more intriguing objects to be found with Odyssey, a dealer in ancient and medieval antiquities and coins. This carbonated apple was found with other fruit during the late 19th century excavations on the site of the market place in the Roman city of Pompeii. Its blackened and petrified state is a result of the intense heat due to being buried by hot volcanic ash when Pompeii was engulfed following the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24th August AD 79. This extremely rare example is from the collection of antiquities formed by the late Rev Geoffrey Elford Stephens, £550.

Jewellery, whether for the gentleman or the lady, is well provided at the fair with a sparkling choice from Plaza showing a 1950’s 18 carat gold, sapphire and diamond brooch by the Swiss master jeweller, Gubelin, £7,500, a sapphire and diamond ring, c.1950 from Anderson Jones, £5,000 or for something less showy, Sue Brown is bringing an Austrian carved amethyst, nephrite and diamond brooch in the shape of wild violets, c.1930, £2,400. For the gentleman, there is a good selection of vintage timepieces from Howell 1870 including a men’s steel Jaquet Droz chronograph, c.1960, £750.

The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited has an ongoing relationship with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association. QEST is represented at Harewood by two scholars demonstrating their skills, Teresa Dybisz, a stone carver and sculptor based in Leeds and Andrian Melka, a sculptor working in bronze, living in Tadcaster. Both have pieces for sale at the fair or commissions can be taken for a bespoke item.

There is also the opportunity to seek advice and look at examples of work carried out by T L Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration. Tim Phelps has worked on restoration of Chippendale furniture at Harewood House.

Light refreshments are available within the fair or more substantial catering is available at the Courtyard at Harewood. Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers Fairs Limited said, “We are looking forward to returning to Yorkshire in May and to seeing many of our loyal visitors again as well as welcoming new faces. There is plenty for everyone to discover”.

Harewood House members are welcomed at the fair free-of-charge. Tickets are £5 each and include free parking and access to Harewood’s grounds and Below Stairs. For an extra £5, antiques fair ticket holders can visit Harewood House’s State Rooms, including the current Victorian Harewood exhibitions and other contemporary exhibitions. Harewood House was a major set for ITV’s Victoria series with the Cinnamon Drawing Room, the Gallery and the Old Kitchen being prominent features in the lavish period drama. Victoria – a costume exhibition presents an impressive collection of costumes from the programme, including the iconic Coronation dress worn by ‘Queen Victoria’, played by Jenna Coleman, in series one. Victorian Harewood also showcases the many rooms used in the series, plus personal objects, letters and archival material from Harewood’s collection including a collection of personal etchings of their children and family pets by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This collection was given to Princess Mary on the day she married Viscount Lascelles, who became the 6th Earl of Harewood.

The Antiques & Fine Art Fair

The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood returns to the spectacular surroundings of Harewood House at an earlier time of year, from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017. Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, the fair is staged in a purpose-built marquee overlooking the stunning Capability Brown landscape towards the 18th century country house near Leeds in West Yorkshire, dubbed one of the great Treasure Houses of England.

The fair, supported by Knight Frank Harrogate, now in its 6th year, is a firm fixture in the diary for the discerning interior decorator or private buyer looking for distinctive, unusual and individual pieces for the home. There are around 30 exhibitors taking part, the majority being members of BADA or LAPADA, the leading UK dealers’ trade associations, and all abide by strict codes of practice.

One of the highlights of the fair is an important, possibly unique, pair of George III cast neo-classical silver vases made in London in 1792 by William Holmes, priced at £11,750 from Mary Cooke Antiques. This type of vase is extremely rare and the work of William Holmes is also scarce. These vases are particularly appropriate for Harewood, though not directly designed by Robert Adam, their form is strongly influenced by his design books and Adam worked extensively at Harewood during this period. From local silver dealer, Jack Shaw & Co of Ilkley is a Charles II lidded tankard, London 1682, POA. With London Silver Vaults dealer, Stephen Kalms Antiques also exhibiting, visitors will be spoilt for choice.

A visually interesting and decorative stand, always ablaze with light, is Fileman Antiques – one of the few specialist antique lighting and glass dealers – bringing a pair of cut glass and ormolu candelabra by F & C Osler, made around 1880, £3,200 and a pair of Regency cut glass drum base candlesticks, dated 1800, £5,000. Mark J West has a wide selection of antique and decorative glass including Art Deco vases, scent bottles and cocktail shakers. Glass has always been a highlight of fine dining and his stand has excellent examples of drinking glasses to suit all tastes. One particular decorative piece is a Biedermeier cup and saucer from Austria, c 1820, priced at £440. Carolyn Stoddart-Scott specialises in antique pottery, porcelain and decorative items with pieces by Sèvres, Worcester, Wedgwood and Coalport. For Harewood she is showing a set of six English pearlware plates decorated with peafowl, c 1800, POA.

An excellent collection of sculpture, both antique and contemporary can be found with Garret & Hurst Sculpture including Vanité, c 1886, by Henri Levasseur (1853-1934), £8,895 and Warthog by Robert Glen, £10,200. Robert Glen was born in Kenya in 1940 and his true love of the African bush has led to him to live in a simple camp with a studio in Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park, where he can sculpt and sketch the wildlife at first hand. Odyssey offers Egyptian, Greek and other antiquities from the classical period spanning thousands of years of history. This is a fascinating stand to linger over and highlights of interest include an imposing Roman portrait head of a man in fine grain marble, dated c 1st-2nd century AD. The short wavy hairstyle is typical of that sported by members of the Imperial families or military commanders of the time although the identity of this man remains a mystery. It is priced at £3,250. From a different part of the world comes an eastern Greek banded lydion (perfume container), which dates to the mid 6th century BC and was probably used to contain baccaris, a perfume base oil for which Sardis in Lydia was noted in antiquity. This attractive example of a scarce type of Greek pottery has a price tag of £450.

Jewellery at the fair is a feast for the eyes and noteworthy pieces include a sapphire and diamond ring, c1950, priced in the region of £5,000 from Anderson Jones Ltd. Floral-themed jewellery includes an Austrian amethyst, nephrite and diamond brooch in the shape of wild violets, c1930, £2,400 and a Georgian two-colour gold pansy brooch, £3,300, both from Sue Brown. For the gentleman, Howell 1870 is bringing a selection of vintage watches including a man’s steel Jaquet Droz chronograph fitted with Valjoux calibre 7753 movement, c1960, £750. Other jewellers include Plaza and Shapiro & Co.

Specialists in oak and country furniture, Melody Antiques has an excellent selection to suit every taste from a cottage to a castle. Pictures to suit every taste and pocket can be found around the fair from J Dickinson Maps & Prints, Cambridge Fine Art and Ashleigh House Fine Art.

Antiques fair ticket holders (£5 each) gain complimentary access to Harewood’s grounds, gardens and Below Stairs, as well as free parking. For an additional £5 each, (saving £11.50 on an Adult Freedom ticket), fair visitors can upgrade to see the State Rooms and the current exhibition, Victoria – a costume exhibition is open from 24 March until 29 October. Harewood House was recently used as a major set for ITV’s Victoria series. Visit www.harewood.org for more information.

Launched last year at the Harewood fair, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited has an ongoing association with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association that helps talented craftspeople pursue and hone their talents. QEST scholars will be in attendance across all four days of the fair, showcasing their skills and selling their work.

There is also the opportunity to seek advice and look at examples of work carried out by T L Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration. Tim Phelps has worked on restoration of Chippendale furniture at Harewood House. Advisors from Wilson Mitchell & Co. Ltd, a senior partner practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, will be happy to discuss investments with their clients and other interested visitors.

Light refreshments are available within the fair or more substantial catering is available at the Courtyard at Harewood.

Ingrid Nilson, director of The Antiques Dealers Fairs Limited says, “We look forward to returning to Yorkshire in May and to seeing many of our loyal visitors again.”

The Chinese State Circus – “DYNASTY”

The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus returns to the UK in 2016 by returning to its cultural roots in an innovatively spectacular new production – “DYNASTY”. The Big Top is coming to Harewood House, Leeds from 27th – 30th Oct.

Circus at Harewood House, Leeds

Breathtaking in its simplicity, “DYNASTY” projects into a contemporary setting an art form that has thrilled audiences for more than 2,000 years, where low-tech everyday objects are transformed into hi-tech acrobatic equipment.  Hurtling porcelain jars… dynamically spinning plates… balancing upon gigantic pyramids of tables and chairs framed by the delicate strands of silk supporting cascading aerialists.

Stunning world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts – the legendary Shaolin Warriors.

Circus at Harewood House Leeds

The nonstop action from start to awesome finale as thrill follows thrill is set to a soaring musical score accompanied by the rhythmic beats of Chinese percussion.  Incredible acrobatics, that until now could only be created through special digital video effects, are performed live in front of an audience. What seems impossible becomes a reality, earning the Chinese State Circus the accolade “incomparable”.

After a break of five years, this lavishly costumed ground-breaking Big Top production of the Chinese State Circus is set to raise to astounding new levels the standard by which others will be judged.  The history of the Chinese State Circus spans 25 years when it was conceived by Creative Director Phillip Gandey, who became the first Circus Director in Europe to obtain permission from the Chinese Cultural authorities to tour a Big Top production of his own creation performed entirely by Chinese acrobats.

Circus at Harewood House

Phillip has traveled extensively throughout China to watch and select the very best circus artistes who will not only be worthy of continuing the proud and unequaled tradition of acrobatic excellence in the Chinese State Circus, but also be capable of raising  the “incomparable” standards to even higher contemporary heights .

“In our latest production we have returned to the pure and honest perfection in acrobatics upon which our reputation is based,” said Phillip. “We have the world class artistes capable of performing the excellence required. In “DYNASTY” we have created a show with:

no gimmicks… no fakes… no retakes… quite simply…

the incomparable Chinese State Circus.”

A Royal Weekend, The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood

Over the weekend of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited returns to stage The Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood, supported by Knight Frank, Harrogate. The Fair will take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June, 2016 in the spectacular Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, in which the royal House nestles.

To mark the official royal birthday, many of the exhibitors are bringing items with regal connections, including a pair of Royal Brierley Crystal presentation goblets made to commemorate the 1937 coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, priced at £500 the pair from Mark J West. These would have been made rather hurriedly following the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII. Freshfords Fine Antiques is bringing a Regency George IV amboyna and rosewood side table, attributable to Morel and Seddon, c1826, £14,860. George Seddon formed a partnership with a cabinetmaker and upholsterer Nicholas Morel to fulfil one of their contracts: to make furniture for Windsor Castle. They worked almost exclusively for the crown, particularly at Windsor, but also at other royal residences. An exceptionally rare pressed horn snuff box has a lid modelled after the portrait of George I painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller and still bares traces of the original gilding, c1714-27, £765 from JA Yarwood Antiques.

Exhibiting for the first time, JA Yarwood Antiques from Skipton is also showing a collection of fine quality Japanese items, including a late Edo – early Meiji period hand carved ivory netsuke showing Ashinaga and Tenaga, signed, Japan, c1860, £3,785. Ashinaga and Tenaga work together as fishermen on the sea shore. Ashinaga carries Tenaga out into the sea on his long legs where Tenaga is able to scoop fish from the water with his long arms. This unusual depiction of the two shows Tenaga as a child.

Another new exhibitor, Timewise, joins the fair with a selection of watches including a vintage Rolex Oyster Precision steel watch with a white dial in the sought-after ‘Explorer’ design, priced at £2,790. Sticking with timepieces, clocks always bring a room to life and F J & R D Story Antique Clocks has a diverse collection catering for most tastes, amongst which is an English double fusée bronze and ormolu mounted mantel clock by F Baetens, London, c1825, priced at £5,950 and a fine quality figured walnut longcase clock by William Allam of London, c1750, £12,000. Examples of Allam’s work were exhibited at the Guildhall Museum in London, founded in 1826.

Dating back around 70 million years, the oldest piece to be found at the fair is a dinosaur egg, measuring around 15cm, £550 from antiquities dealer Odyssey. This impressive fossilised egg is from a Therizinosaurus, which roamed the earth during the late Cretaceous period.

Jack Shaw & Co returns with a fine collection of silver, including a pair of French claret jugs by the renowned Parisian silversmith Emile Puiforcat, c1880, £4,500 and a pair of old Sheffield plate wine coolers, c1825, £3,500. Summer brings out the insects, but bees and spiders set in gold with precious stones, c1890-1900, priced at £885 from T Robert, should be more welcome.

A bonus for holders of antiques fair tickets is that they not only have access to Harewood’s magnificent grounds, transformed from agricultural fields by Brown from 1776 to 1781, and Below Stairs, but for just £5, they can also visit the State Rooms and exhibitions. The Art of Landscape is a full and fresh assessment of the cultural influence of the ‘Capability’ Brown design, whose 300th anniversary since his birth is celebrated this year at Harewood. Visitors can explore the innovation made by artists across the centuries including works by the great masters like JMW Turner, Cotman and Girtin, as well as photographs by pioneering Victorian photographer Roger Fenton, who captured the Brownian views in 1860. A contemporary response by Simon Warner will take you through the landscape in a new film titled North and South.

Light refreshments are available within the fair and Harewood has its own restaurants and cafés, so there are plenty of options available for a thoroughly enjoyable day out. Harewood members receive free entry to the Fair and all antiques fair ticket holders qualify for free parking. Antiques Fair tickets cost £5 each on the door or in advance from The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited.

In addition to the advice available from the individual dealers, T L Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration is taking a stand with examples of work undertaken. Advisers from Wilson Mitchell & Co Ltd, a partner practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, will be happy to discuss investments with their clients and other interested visitors. Masons Yorkshire Gin, a popular exhibitor last year, is also returning.