The Buckingham Vase (aka The Stowe Vase) from a 1778 engraving by Piranesi. The original vase, once in the collection of Stowe House, is today in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. An early 20th century vermeil version is today in the collection of Lotherton Hall.
Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.
House & Family History: In the early 20th century most of the family heirlooms of Parlington Hall, and even parts of the fabric of the building, such as marble fireplaces, were dismantled and taken to Lotherton, the Gascoigne family's other seat, where they were central features in the remodeling of the House. In addition, a porte cochère, reputedly from Parlington, was moved to the gardens at Lotherton, where it remains today. In 1968 Lotherton was given to the City of Leeds by Sir Alvary Gascoigne.
Collections: The Buckingham Vase (aka The Stowe Vase), a large ancient Roman vase (it's 46 inches tall) was excavated by Gavin Hamilton in 1769 at Hadrian's Villa and sold to George, Lord Temple, later 1st Marquess of Buckingham. The vase was famously engraved by Piranesi in 1778 (see "Images" section) and is today in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A number of reproductions were made in various materials in the 18th and 19th centuries. A particularly notable reproduction of the vase is the vermeil Doncaster Cup of 1828, made by Rebeccah Emes and Edward Barnard and today in the collection of Lotherton Hall.
Garden & Outbuildings: A porte cochère, reputedly from Parlington Hall, was moved to the gardens at Lotherton, where it remains today.
Title: Treasure Houses of Britain, The - SOFTBACK
Author: Jackson-Stops, Gervase (Editor)
Year Published: 1985
Reference: pg. 526
Publisher: Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art (New Haven: Yale University Press)
Book Type: Softback
Title: Art Treasures of England: The Regional Collections
Author: Waterfield, Giles; et al.
Year Published: 1998
Reference: pg. 50
Publisher: London: Royal Academy of Arts
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat / Home of: George Rhodes, mid-18th century. Thomas Maude, late 18th century. John Raper, early 19th century. Richard Oliver Gascoigne, 1825-42; Frederic Richard Thomas Trench Gascoigne, 1893-1937; Colonel F.R.T. Trench Gascoigne, mid-20th century; Sir Alvary Gascoigne, until 1968.
Current Ownership Type: Government
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction
Ownership Details: Owned by Leeds City Council, who operate it as a historic house.
House Open to Public: Yes
Historic Houses Member: No