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Filming at Harewood House, 17th – 20th May 2017

Visit Yorkshire to see film locations from Victoria at Harewood

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 between the 17th May – 20th May Harewood will once again become Buckingham Palace. This will cause some changes to visitor access to the House.

To allow the film crew to transform Below Stairs of Harewood House into the kitchens and corridors of Buckingham Palace, we will close Below Stairs during the 17th – 20th May. Access to the Terrace Gallery, Terrace Café and Gavin Fernandes’ exhibition, The Empire Line, will still be possible on 17th, 19th and 20th May.

On 18th May, the film crew are using the southern exteriors of the House. The Terrace will be used so access to this garden and all areas of Below Stairs will not be possible. The State Floor will close slightly earlier, with last admission at 3pm.

To ensure that you can enjoy all of the House, we will be opening the State Floor to all visitors on the 17th May – 20th May at no additional cost. This will allow you to see the magnificent rooms and the Victorian Harewood exhibitions. There will be some disruption to rooms on the State Floor on the 19th May as the Main Library is prepared for filming. Please talk to the team and refer to visitor information when you visit.

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”.

A Gardeners View of Spring at Harewood

Springtime in the gardens at Harewood means colour. Lots and lots of colour! From the dazzling display of tulips in the borders, alongside masses of hyacinths on the Terrace, down through the West Garden and all the way around the lakeside woodlands.  Here, swathes of daffodils cover the thickly wooded slopes in between groups of stately rhododendrons.

But there is always more than meets the eye at Harewood. Linger in those verdant glades a while longer. Take the time to stroll. Pause and look beyond those perennial showstoppers. Look closer. Look up, even look behind you, and you might be rewarded with a glimpse of something special. Whether it’s the billowing clouds of pure white cherry blossom against the blue sky, or the eerily striped hood of a cobra lily rising from the woodland floor, or a colony of orchids growing on a mossy roof, the richness and diversity contained within these gardens is staggering.

And that’s just what’s in store for visitors now. Things are only starting to get interesting. Because for gardeners, springtime, of course, means more than colour. It means growth and renewal. It also means a lot of hard work. Harewood is very much a developing garden. We’re busy planting some amazing plants, many of which visitors will see flowering in the gardens this summer, while some will put on growth and then flower next spring, and there are others that may take some years to reach flowering size. The important thing for us is continuity – evolving the gardens through the constant addition of new plants. Enjoy the gardens this spring!

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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.

Dining in Style – Victorian service in the State Dining Room

Visit Harewood to see a milliefiori service

Visitors to Harewood House this spring bank holiday (14th April – 17th April 2017) will be treated to a fantastic table display in the State Dining Room. Emulating a Victorian dinner service, the stunning table is decorated with beautiful millefiori glassware service and silver candelabra.

Daily throughout the spring bank holiday, our guides will be giving a free, introductory talk at 11:30 on food and drink for visitors in the State Floor.

About the Millefiori Service

Baccarat enamelled and gilt glass service in the Venetian-style with flower-sprays (millefiori) inset and gilt foliage. Cut star on plates, white foliage on wine glasses. Dated pre-1864 (as recorded in Hamilton Palace inventory).

The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers) used to describe a distinctive glass pattern. This flower like pattern is produced by heating a bundle of thin glass rods of different colours until the rods fuse together.  It is a term that came into common usage in the Victorian period and was included in the Oxford English Dictionary from 1849.

Visit Yorkshire to see porcelain and glassware at Harewood

This millefiori service at Harewood consists of 242 pieces: two tier centre pieces, vases and covers, tazzas, bowl, bowls on feet, small and medium plates, dishes, finger bowls, wine glasses, liqueur glasses, tumblers, water jugs and decanters.

This spring bank holiday you will see one third of the service laid out on the State Dining Room table.  The ‘service à la française’ was a style of dining popular in the Victorian period where various dishes for a meal are served at the same time, contrary to ‘service à la russe’, where dishes were brought to each guest by a footman.

On the State Dining Room table this spring you will also see sugared almonds, fruits and flavoured jellies, all common sweet treats served at a Victorian dinner party.

Below Stairs, you can see copper moulds used for jellies by 19th century chefs in the Old Kitchen.

A Unique Provenance

Tracing the provenance of items such as this service can be challenging. We found a reference in the Chesterfield House Inventory from 1920, (the London home of the 6th Earl of Harewood) as ‘coming from Hamilton Palace’.

From recent discussions with the Museum of Scotland, we know the service was originally purchased by the 11th Duke and Duchess of Hamilton for their new London townhouse before it was taken to Hamilton Palace in Scotland sometime between 1866 and 1870.

Hamilton Palace, located 10 miles from Glasgow, was seat of the Duke of Hamilton from 1642. The superb Hamilton Palace collection consisted of furniture, antiquities, fine and decorative art, and was so grand it rivaled the royal collection.

During the mid-19th century, much of the collection had to be sold due to debts of £1.5 million with the first major sale taking place in 1882.

In 1895, the 13th Duke of Hamilton, Lieutenant Alfred Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, inherited the dukedom, property and debts. These debts led to a final sale and auction which marked the ultimate dispersal of the Hamilton Palace collection in 1919.

The story doesn’t end there; the Palace itself was demolished in 1927 due to subsidence caused by coals mines owned by the Hamilton family.

Visit Leeds to see porcelain and glassware at Harewood House

This bank holiday (14th – 17th April 2017) the service is displayed as part of our year-long focus on Harewood’s Victorian history. See this service for a limited time only and enjoy all the Victorian Harewood displays throughout the House.

Best Season yet at Harewood House

Harewood House Trust Director Jane Marriott

2017 promises to be the most exciting season at Harewood House to date. Many people know Harewood for its wonderful 18th century Adam interiors, wonderful Chippendale furniture and Capability Brown landscapes and yet the Victorian story of Harewood is far less well known.

Queen Victoria came to Harewood House in 1835 as a 17 year old Princess, staying overnight in the State Bedroom and dining in the wonderful Gallery. It is therefore with great pleasure that we welcomed ITV to film their ‘Victoria’ series at Harewood last year. The series chronicles the life of Queen Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman and has been seen by over 7 million people. The House was used as a set, to recreate Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, including the wonderful Below Stairs storyline in our kitchens.

Visit Leeds to see locations used in ITV's Victoria series

After Prince Albert’s death, Queen Victoria’s reign was characterised by rather formidable images of her in black, but the young Queen understood the importance of dress as an outward expression of her status. Very little remains of the Queen’s original dress, so the costume designers had to work with paintings and historical documents to recreate the final pieces. Set in Harewood’s beautiful Cinnamon Drawing Room and Gallery, costumes worn by Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria and her Ladies’ in Waiting are on display. These include the dress she wore when she proposed to Prince Albert, the beautiful green shot silk dress from the opening sequence and the sumptuous Coronation Gown.

Harewood’s Victorian history is shaped by 3 other influential ladies of the time. Lady Louisa, the 3rd Countess of Harewood arrived in 1841 with a growing family of 13 children. She set about creating her vision of Harewood to make it more comfortable, efficient and fashionable using the most celebrated architect of the time, Sir Charles Barry, who had recently designed the Houses of Parliament.  Most notable of Lady Louisa’s renovations was the Terrace and as the season develops, please do come and see how the planting in the parterre creates a wonderful tapestry of colour.

Visit Leeds to see paintings of Osborne House at Harewood

Charlotte, Lady Canning, another of Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, was a renowned watercolourist, painting scenes from her travels and giving Queen Victoria lessons in watercolour painting. Harewood House owns 80 albums of her watercolours and we are delighted to have the opportunity to change this display to reflect her time in India after 1856. This will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India, a theme which we will reflect in Gavin Fernandes’ contemporary photographs.

See rare photography at Harewood House in Yorkshire

The 5th Countess, Florence Bridgeman, arrived at Harewood towards the latter half of the Victorian period and developed a passion of photography. The notion of the snapshot was developed at the turn of the century by Kodak, as as photography was now accessible to everyone. Our wonderful collection of informal photographs capture life at Harewood, as friends and family are snapped sledging, sword fighting with sticks and balancing glasses of water on their heads whilst out on the lawn!

As the season develops, we will also spend the summer celebrating one of Queen Victoria’s favourite authors, Lewis Carroll, displaying our first edition of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and taking this as inspiration for a summer packed full of family fun activities.

I am delighted to have joined as Director, as Harewood House is clearly held very dearly in people’s hearts. As a charity it would not be possible to preserve the house, collections and grounds and tell the stories of our history, without our visitors and member’s support. We greatly appreciate that and look forward to welcoming you throughout 2017.