A re-creation of a high baroque buffet garnished with English Silver Gilt collected by the 1st Duke of Devonshire
Photo: Metrtopolitan Museum
This painting by Alexandre François Desportes 1661–1743) is the chief source for the buffet display re-created at Chatsworth Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art..
This spectacular assemblage of English silver gilt has been put together from items that were collected by William Cavendish, the 1st Duke of Devonshire (1640-1707). It is likely that this is the first time that such a buffet has been assembled in England since the period of the Duke. It is now permanantly on display in the Great Chamber in Chatsworth House. The other state rooms at Chatsworth have now all been restored to their original seventeenth century appearance.
Spectacular baroque pies were a form of edible sculpture in the seventeenth century.
A moulded ice in the form of the trunk of a palm tree surrounded by its garnishing ices.
Ivan working in the wonderful Harewood House kitchen. .
Victorian pewter ice cream moulds were used to create elaborate ice puddings and frozen centrepieces like the beautiful swan in the illustration in the column opposite.
Dalemain House Cumbria, the venue for the world's first marmalade festival.
The hunt is on for the best marmalade in Britain! If you think your own recipe is worth this accolade, find out more about this unique event by visiting the Marmalade Festival Website.
Ivan is going to be at the festival, which is in aid of the charity Hospice at Home. He will be talking about the history of marmalade in Dalemain's historic kitchen and have at hand some very early examples, like the quince and orange marmalades illustrated opposite. Using original 18th century equipment he will also be making D'Arcy Ice, a remarkable marmalade ice cream from Georgian Scotland.
Christmas at Osborne House
Queen Victoria's dining table will be resplendent with Victorian dessert delicacies as the stunning centrepiece of a feast of festive decorations bedecking Osborne House for special Christmas guided tours taking place on Wednesdays to Sundays from November 11 until January 7.
Created for English Heritage by food historian Ivan Day, the table will be flamboyantly set for dessert in the style Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and members of 19th century aristocracy would have recognised it.
Sweet dishes going on display include:
‘his and hers' jellies, made with the original moulds designed to commemorate the wedding in 1863 of Edward Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. When sliced horizontally, one jelly has the Danish flag running through it, the other depicts a white star of Brunswick
a timbale in the form of a beehive, complete with bees made from pistachios, currants and flaked almonds.
an ornamental ‘croquembouche of genoise cake,' held together with caramelised sugar and acting as a 'cosy' for a moulded ice cream.
savoy and baba cakes for dipping in sweet wines, confectionery, fruits and even walnuts tied in silk ribbon
other parts of the house feature two authentically decorated Christmas trees, garlands of dried herbs and arrangements of flowers and ferns. Christmas gifts given to Queen Victoria by members of her family will also be on display
A re-creation of Jules Gouffé's Genoise Paste Croquembouche. It contains a moulded strawberry ice garnished with maidenhair fern.
Gouffé'soriginal illustration of the croquembouche from his Royal Confectionery and Pastry Book translated in 1874 from the French by his brother Alphonse. Alphonse Gouffé was Queen Victoria's chief pastry cook.
Gouffé's original illustration.
Kasteel van Gaasbeek
Recently Ivan has been working as historical advisor to the Kasteel van Gaasbeek on the outskirts of Brussels, where the wonderful exhibitionVan Pièce Montée tot Pêche Melba opened on the 30th September. This important exhibition looks at the cultural role of the dessert in 19th Century Europe and should not be missed. Ivan worked on the displays with outstanding museum director Luc Vanackere and the renowned Patisserie Mahieu of Stockel in Brussels.
A neo-gothic pièce montée based on a design by Urbain Dubois in front of a real gothic tapestry - one of many in the Kasteel van Gaasbeek collection.
Luc Vanackere's ormalu altar to brioche, kugelhopf and savarin.
A pièce montée in the form of a chinoiserie pagoda after Urbain Dubois.
The exhibition is rich in the neo-gothic. Here is a tiny sugar toy in the form of a lute.
A table centrepiece from eighteenth century Amsterdam.
Fairfax House York
The exhibition runs until 31st December 2006
This exhibition, curated by Fairfax House director Peter Brown, takes an in-depth look at English table glass of the eighteenth century. A remarkable array of salvers of jelly glasses, syllabubs and sweetmeats, as well as a wide range of drinking glasses, will all be on display.
For details telephone 01904 655543, or go to the Fairfax House website - www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk
A 1770s sweetmeat glass containing a carved candied orange.
Sir Baptist Hick's Banquet
The table was laid out with English delftware with Venetian and Bohemian glass, much of it original.
The two banqueting houses which have survived at Old Campden House were built for the London mercer and moneylender Sir Baptist Hicks in 1613. They are currently managed by the Landmark Trust, so it is possible to stay in these wonderful buildings. The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues and restores historically important buildings and gives them new life by offering them for holidays. The Trust also owns another banqueting house in which you can stay, at Gibside in Northumberland.
The layout of Sir Baptist Hick's house, garden and banqueting houses is very similar to this woodcut plan from William Lawson, A New Orchard and Garden (London: 1618).
EVENTS DIARY AND NEWS 2006/7
Chatsworth House - Great Chamber Buffet
Harewood House - An Ice Cream Spectacular
Monday 28th May 2007
Dalemain House, Cumbria
10th February 2008
OSBORNE HOUSE DESSERT TABLE
Guided Victorian Christmas tours take place on Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4pm (last tour 2.30pm) and cost £9.50 for adults, £7.10 for concessions and £4.80 for children under 16. They are free for English Heritage members and children under five. Booking is strongly recommended – call 01983 200022. Those taking tours can enjoy a walk in the grounds around the house. Osborne House Website.
Van Pièce Montée tot Pêche Melba
(From Pièce Montée to Pêche Melba)
September 30 - November 26 2006
The Glory of Glass Fairfax House York
LANDMARK TRUST OPEN DAYS
The Banqueting Houses at Old Campden House, Chipping Campden
8th - 10th September 2006