DiCamillo Companion
England

Stanton Harcourt Manor House (The Manor House) (Harcourt House)

  • Built / Designed For: Harcourt family

    House & Family History: Stanton Harcourt was originally built as an early unfortified manor house; most of the medieval house was demolished circa 1750 when the Harcourt family moved to Nuneham House.

    Collections: The sale of some contents negotiated by Christie's in the 1980s included 10 miniatures, three by Nicholas Hilliard and one by Isaac Oliver. In 1987 the Victoria & Albert Museum purchased nine of the miniatures and the National Portrait Gallery purchased one. Circa 2004 Queen Elizabeth II purchased, for the Royal Collection, part of a late 18th century Sévres desert service that had been in the collection at Stanton Harcourt for at least a century (the queen already owned the tea and coffee sets from the service). The service, which was made in 1789 to celebrate the return to health of George III (the king's illness was thought to be madness at the time, but is now believed to have been an attack of porphyria), features a grisaille profile of the king (only on the plates). This delicate cream and light brown service was chosen by Queen Charlotte for use at the most lavish of the parties that celebrated the king's recovery: that hosted by the Spanish ambassador on June 2, 1789 in the Rotunda of Ranelagh Gardens in Chelsea. The desert service was displayed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 1985-86 as part of "The Treasure Houses of Britain" exhibition.

  • Country Life: XC, 628, 674, 1941.

  • Title: Treasure Houses of Britain, The - SOFTBACK
    Author: Jackson-Stops, Gervase (Editor)
    Year Published: 1985
    Reference: pg. 474
    Publisher: Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art (New Haven: Yale University Press)
    ISBN: 0300035530
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: In Celebration: The Art of the Country House
    Author: Hearn, Karen; Upstone, Robert; Waterfield, Giles
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: Tate Gallery Publishing
    ISBN: 1854372777
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, The
    Author: Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1974
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710450
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Seat of: Gascoigne family

    Past Seat of: Thomas Harcourt, 15th century; Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt, 18th century; Harcourt family here from the 12th century until 1756.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01865-880-117

    Historic Houses Member: No