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Picon, Guillaume,

Château de Villette : the splendor of French decor / text, Guillaume Picon ; photography, Bruno Ehrs ; translation from the French by Barbara Mellor. - English-language edition. - 243 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), facsimiles, map, plans, portraits ; 32 cm

Translation of: Château de Villette : fastes d'un décor à la française.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"The Ch�ateau de Villette, situated in a lush woodland near Paris, has been an oasis of art and beauty since its construction (1663-69) according to Fran�cois Mansart’s plans. Among its prestigious owners was Sophie de Grouchy, wife of the Marquis de Condorcet. As leading political actors of their era, she and her husband hosted some of the most intellectuallyinfluential salons of the pre-revolutionary period for an international elite that included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine. The Marquis de Lafayette was a witness at the couple's wedding at Villette in 1786. New owners have commissioned Jacques Garcia to restore the house and gardens to their idyllic former glory. Presented here for the first time, the result is averitable museum of French craftsmanship, with interiors featuring fabulous silks and passementeries, as well as eighteenth-century paintings, decorative arts, and furniture. The original stone features and elegant trumeaux and boiseries of the ch�ateau's historic dining room have been restored to their initial splendor. Villette's austerely elegant facade houses an octagonal grand salon that gives way to magical vistas of formal gardens inspired by Le N�otre, cascading fountains, reflecting pools, and eighteenth-century sculptures, sphinxes, and an obelisk, alluding to classical artistic traditions and eighteenth-century aesthetics. All-new photography, along with drawings by architectural historians Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega, illustrate this lavish volume"--Publisher's website.

9782080203588 2080203584


Château de Villette (Condécourt, France)


Interior decoration--France.
Castles--France.

NK2049.C66 / P5313 2018