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The West Wing at Ickworth
Sunday 13th February 2011 from 11.30am - 3pm

Food historian, writer and broadcaster Ivan Day presents a fascinating insight into the workings of an Edwardian
kitchen with demonstrations on how jellies and ice cream (with tasting) were produced without 21st century technology.

Lunch includes 2 glasses of wine, Edwardian pie, old-fashioned puddings with custard or cream, bottled water, tea or coffee.

Adults £40, Children 12 - 16 years £20, Under 11 £10.00

Booking essential on 01284 735957
Please state your dietary requirements.

A £5 donation will be made for each ticket sold to the Ickworth Lives appeal. Ickworth Lives, a fantastic new exhibition recreating the past for the future. Opening spring 2011 this will bring back the atmosphereof the Edwardian age by recreating the servant's area, guided by memories of the people who worked and lived here.

The West Wing at Ickworth, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE
If you are interested in hosting a conference, dinner or wedding at Ickworth please call 01284 735957 or go to
The West Wing is operated by Sodexo Prestige, part of Sodexo Ltd on behalf of the National Trust

Clandon Park

Monday 11th October 2010

Enjoy lunch preceded by a lecture given by food historian Ivan Day, who installed the dessert setting on the dining table in the Speaker's Parlour at Clandon Park for the National Trust.

Ivan will guide us through the extraordinary culture of fine dining in the late Georgian era, one of the most exuberant periods in the history of British gastronomy. With his love of turtle soup and frozen punch, the Prince of Wales set the trends in all gustatory matters. However, the more conservative members of the nobility continued to dress their tables in a manner which had changed little since the days before the French Revolution.

The Regency is considered to be a time when the decorative arts, architecture and literature flourished in these islands. Much of the food was also wonderful. Learn about the forgotten culinary delights enjoyed at the time of Henry Holland, Robert Southey and Jane Austen - from bombarded veal to tamarind ice cream - and discover how it was presented at table.

Ivan will also lead a tour of the surtout de table setting in the Speaker's Parlour

Food and Company Pie Making

Food & Company (Cumbria) Ltd.
Matthew Rudding, Hesket New Market, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 8LD
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Tel: 01697 478634

Wed 6 Oct 2010
Arrival at Mirehouse 3.30 pm
Demonstration afterwards followed by supper at 6.30 pm approx.
Contact Margaret Brough 016974 78634
for bookings


Inside of raised pie

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Transparent Delights

Fish pond of flummery fish

A fish pond of gilded flummery made with mid-eighteenth century salt-glazed stoneware molds

Neale and Sons Core Mould

A Neale and Son obelisk covered in its sheaf of calves foot jelly, a sight rarely seen since the 1790s.

A Hen's Nest Jelly

A 1769 Hen's Nest Jelly

All the jellies on this page were turned out from original salt-glazed and cream ware moulds using eighteenth century recipes. Discover more about the culinary arts of eighteenth century England by attending this important lecture.

Sèvres Then And Now:
Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain,

October 20, 2009 - May 30, 2010

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008-3806

Info: +1(0)202.686.5807

Place setting for Cardinal du Rohan

A place setting for the Prince Louis de Rohan. Although an archbishop who became a cardinal in 1778, Rohan kept a number of mistresses and was much addicted to the pleasures of the table.The splendid entertainments he hosted in Vienna in the early 1770s, when he was ambassadeur extraordinaire to Maria Theresa, were legendary. However his scandalous behaviour and propensity for gossiping about the Empress and her daughter Marie Antoinette led him to be recalled to Paris. His relationship with Marie Antoinette became even more strained after a curious affair when he became an unwitting accessory in the theft of an important diamond necklace.

Decorative titlepage of Joseph Gilliers Le Cannameliste Français

Engraved title page from Joseph Gilliers, Cannameliste Français (Nancy: 1751).

Gilliers Parterres dessert detail

Detail of parterres fon Gillier's dessert plateau. He instructs the officier (confectioner) to make these of cardboard covered in green chenille in order to simulate hedges.

Chenille parterres

Sèvres biscuit figures of the early 1770s disport with sugar sculptures among the chenille parterres.

Setting out the surtout de table

The ornamental centrepieces of a dessert of this period were usually placed on a surtout de table, or plateau of looking glass. A number of original surtouts from the eighteenth century have survived, but most are far too fragile to be used. So we decided to make a replica. This was fabricated by Tony Barton, who has worked with Ivan on many food history exhibitions.

Filling the parterres with nonpareils

Filling a chenille parterre with coloured nonpareils, to simulate the colours of a flowerbed. Sometimes these shapes were filled with coloured sugars called sables d'office.

Confectioner's sugar paste mould


Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier, 1718–44
September 22, 2009–March 21, 2010
Wrightsman Exhibition Gallery, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, 1st floor

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

This small, but important exhibition, co-curated by Jeffrey Munger and Meredith Chilton, explores the porcelain produced at the Vienna Manufactory of Claudius Innocentus du Paquier. Ivan was invited by the curators to re-create the sugar architecture, artificial fruit and flowers for a 1740s dessert table featuring a selection of Du Paquier porcelain tableware. As a model for the table, Ivan used an image of a 1740 feast attended by Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria and her husband Franz Stephen of Lorraine.

1740 Dessert Table

The re-created table based on the engraving opposite. Note that there are only two place settings, one for Maria Theresa and one for Franz Stephen. As the most senior in royal stature, Maria Theresa sat on the right-hand side.

1742 Table Setting

Detail of Maria Theresa's baroque sugar paste baldacchini. Ivan recreated these two architectural caprices by using eighteenth century sugar moulds and other tools.

The Metropolitan Museum have published an audio file in which co-curators Jeffrey Munger and Meredith Chilton discuss the dessert table with Ivan.

Download the audio file. Link to MMA podcast

Go to the Metropolitan website.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of the most comprehensive book ever written on the porcelain produced at the Du Paquier manufactory - Fired By Passion: Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier

Edited by Meredith Chilton and comprising of three generously illustrated volumes, this seminal work includes contributions by ten scholars and scientists. Find out more.




Ickworth Park Suffolk

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Clandon Park Lecture

Clandon Park, West Clandon, GUILDFORD, Surrey GU4 7RQ
Tel: 0844 249 1895 to book.

Pie Making with Ivan Day at Food & Company

Raised Pie

Above and left - magnificent raised pies from the Victorian period. Learn to make one of these using the remarkable equipment of the period. Photo on left © Rob Scott

The British pie is a mere ghost of its former self. Everybody knows that the modern mass-produced horror is used as a land-fill site for poor quality meat, yet we continue to eat millions of them! Food historian, Ivon Day will take us through the evolution of this iconic dish. He will make a number of truly remarkable pies from some forgotten backwaters of our culinary history. The demonstration is held at Food and Company's kitchen studio on the beautiful Mirehouse Estate on the shore of Bassenthwaite in the English Lake District. Discover the delights of Lumber pies, Taffrty tarts and Mermaid pie. Try our own Cumbrian sweet pie, the mother of all Christmas mince pies and learn how to construct the most spectacular raised pie you will ever see in your life.

Transparent Delights
The Extraordinary History of Molded Desserts In Georgian England

Sale #2490 Culinary MoldsPresented by British Food 
 Historian Ivan Day

Friday, January 8, 2010 

6:00 p.m. Reception
 7:00 p.m. Lecture

63 Park Plaza
Boston, MA

or 617.350.5400

 Held in conjunction with a preview of Skinner's January 9th auction of European Furniture & Decorative Arts, featuring Fine Ceramics


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Georgian Flummery

A Jelly in the form of the monogram of George III made from a mold in the Ivan Day collection

Sèvres Then and Now

Sugar Sculpture and Ices for a Prince

Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington DC

A glace for a Cardinal

A celestial blue Sèvres tasse à glace (ice cream cup) with a serving of neige d’épine-vinettes (barberry snow). This important dessert service was made in 1770 for the Prince Louis René Édouard, Cardinal de Rohan (1734 -1802). As a special feature of a major new exhibition on the Sèvres manufactory at Hillwood Museum, Sèvres Then and Now, Ivan has used a number of items from the celebrated Rohan service to re-create the elegant finale of an ancien régime entertainment - the dessert.or fruit as it was known in court circles. Ivan was invited to create this installation by Liana Paredes Arend, a leading Sèvres scholar.and the curator of this marvellous exhibition. His installation is just a small part of a show that traces the development of Sèvres porcelain from the early days at Vincennes in the 1750s to the end of the twentieth century. The key stages in the factory's output are illuminated by a very intelligently selected range of objects, some from Hillwood's own rich collections. If you are interested in the material culture of the table as well as the decorative arts, do not miss this wonderful exhibition

A table for Cardinal Rohan

Parterre desserts of this kind were all the rage from the late 1720s through to the French Revolution in 1789. Ivan has loosely modelled his table on an engraving in Le Cannameliste Français (Nancy: 1751) by Joseph Gilliers, chef d'office to Stanislas Leczinski, the deposed king of Poland, who became Duc de Lorraine et Bar and was Louis XVI’s maternal grandfather. Although Gillier’s work belongs to the early 1750s, a second edition was published in Nancy in 1768 and there is much evidence to suggest that the rich dessert settings of the kind he illustrated remained fashionable until the time of the Revolution. This setting would be appropriate for an entertainment set in say 1772 or 1773. Rohan himself had strong links with the later Polish king Stanislas II August Poniatowski, who nominated him as a cardinal in 1778.

18th century design for a parterre dessert

Ivan's own copy of Joseph Gilliers, Cannameliste Français (Nancy: 1751).

Biscuit figures

The biscuit figure in the foreground is known as The Bather and was modelled by Falconet in 1770 and is more or less contemporary with the Rohan service.

Acknowledgements - Ivan would like to thank Tony Barton, Alyson Lilleyman, Charlotte Hepworth, Ken Noble and in particular Fay Pinder, without whose help this project would not have been possible.

Confectioner's tools and moulds

The bone and ivory confectioner's tools above used by Ivan in the construction of some of the pastillage flowers. Many of the decorative features were pressed in sugar paste from the wooden moulds below. The mould below the tools is carved with two very fine mosaic patterns, remarkably similar to those used for decorating porcelain at this period. Ivan used them in the construction of socles for small sugar baskets.The late eighteenth century mould opposite is a very fine example which is carved on both sides with acanthus motifs, vine leaves and classical urns.

Other examples of moulds of this kind can be seen by going to the Galleries pages of this website.Another important dessert table setting he created with Sèvres porcelain and biscuit figures can be seen by going directly to this webpage link -

Sugar and Sèvres at Waddesdon Manor.

Sevres Then and Now

Click on above to find out more about the exhibition

Visit Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens home page

All photographs in this section are courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museums and Gardens and are subject to their copyright conditions.

Imperial Privilege

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

1740 Dessert Table

Detail of one of Ivan's sugar paste pavilions filled with paper flowers. The flowers in the small basket in the forground are made from pastillage.

1740 Feast

The Feast of the Oath of Allegiance, Vienna, November 22nd 1740. Engraved from a drawing by Andreas Felix Altomonte (1699-1780) in Kriegl 1740. This copperplate engraving shows the second course, which featured poultry, pastries and other savoury dishes. The Metropolitan re-creation is an attempt to emulate the kind of dessert that would have followed this course. The sugar architecture and artificial flowers would have been present throughout the meal as a dormant centrepiece, but would have come into their own during the spectacular dessert that acted as a finale to the meal.

Porcelain by du Paquier

Some of the wonderful Du Paquier porcelain used in the dessert table re-creation. All photographs courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and are subject to their copyright conditions.

Acknowledgements - Ivan would like to thank Tony Barton, Alyson Lilleyman, Charlotte Hepworth, Ken Noble and in particular Fay Pinder, without whose help this project would not have been possible.

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