Collection(s) : Interiors-decorative arts
Paru le 11/04/2018 | Relié sous jaquette 243 pages
photography Bruno Ehrs | translated from the French by Barbara Mellor
Château de Villette
Situated in a lush woodland near Paris, Château de Villette has stood virtually unchanged since it was built in the late seventeenth century according to plans by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, chief architect to Louis XIV. Among the many owners the estate has known from the thirteenth century to the present day, those who made the chateau their home in the eighteenth century, at the height of the Enlightenment, have left the most enduring and significant mark on it. Here the Marquis de Condorcet and his wife Sophie de Grouchy, both distinguished intellects, gathered around them some of the most brilliant figures of their time, including the Marquis de La Fayette, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Listed as a historic monument in 1942, Château de Villette now hosts receptions and symposiums, and serves as a location for films and television series. The superb château and its gardens reveal a legacy now painstakingly conserved and restored - guided by meticulous archival research - by the present owners with the renowned interior decorator Jacques Garcia.
Taking Sophie de Grouchy as his muse, the historian Guillaume Picon recounts the intellectual and cultural life of this historic estate over nearly eight centuries, illustrated by a wealth of sumptuous and specially commissioned photographs by Bruno Ehrs.
Guillaume Picon is a historian, writer, and exhibition curator. His previous books include Orient Express, de l'histoire à la légende (2017), Versailles : A Private Invitation (2017), A Day at Château de Fontainebleau (2016), L'Histoire de France expliquée par la peinture (2016), Cent Tableaux à clé de l'histoire de France (2012), and Le Petit Livre des rois de France (2010).
Bruno Ehrs is a photographer specializing in architecture and lifestyle, based in Stockholm. His work has been displayed in more than twenty solo exhibitions and has appeared in numerous books and magazines. His photographs have been published in One Savile Row : The Invention of the English Gentleman : Gieves & Hawkes (2014), A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (2015), Vacheron Constantin : Artists of Time (2015), and Chaumet : Parisian Jeweler Since 1780 (2017), all published by Flammarion.