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NADFAS REVIEW/ SPRING 2010 21

22NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2010www.nadfas.org.ukHARLEY GALLERYRight: Rare19th-centurybook onfreshwater fish Below: The OldWing bellboardBottom:TheHarley Gallery Fine diningOn the border of Nottinghamshireand Derbyshire is the HarleyGallery, a hidden gem on theedge of the Welbeck estate. This spring,rarely seen spectacular silver -somefrom Queen Anne's Jewel House,delicately painted Sevres porcelain, anda Derby botanical ice cream dish will beon show alongside such items asengraved Viennese glass, the Countessof Oxford's recipe book, and inventoriesof plate and ceramics. All illustrate a lostway of life. Dinner with a Duke: Decoding foodand drink at Welbeck Abbey 1695 to1914explores how the Harley-Cavendish-Bentinck family, Dukes ofPortland, ate, drank and entertained.But the exhibits are not confined to therefined silver and porcelain devised forthe family Dining Room -the simplersilver, Staffordshire plates and pewter forservants are also on show. Opened 12 years ago on the site ofthe 19th-century Gas House servingWelbeck Abbey, the Gallery has severalcontrasting faces. In a light and airygallery, seasonal shows of contemporarycraft, art and photography arecomplemented by a shop sellingceramics, glass and jewellery, carefullypicked from named makers. Bycontrast, the Treasury is a secure andatmospheric room, where a series ofexhibitions of historic objects from thePortland Collection tell stories aboutintriguing figures from the past 400years of the Harley-Cavendish-Bentinckfamily. The 18th-century collector,A new exhibition of splendid tableware and associated items from the Dukes of Portland gives insight intothe country life of a bygone age. Philippa Glanville, show curator and NADFAS Vice-President, recountssome of this family's fascinating history and the objects associated with it