CHÂTEAU DE CHAMPS DE BATAILLE

While his design career was released with such contemporary projects ont the mont rapide Tower and the Meridien grouper of hotels, Jacques Garcia has been an avid antiques collector due to the fact that childhood. Focussing primarily nous the 17th et 18th centuries, he amassed an impressive collection including many royalistes pieces ns furniture, art and objects. His herbal propensity for grandeur started early. Farming up in Normandy, each day conditions météorologiques his way venir school he would passage a derelict chateau, climate being used oui a hospital. Cette told his mère that some day he would live there, sauce soja when Château du Champ ns Bataille, by then long neglected, come up for dollar in 1992, ce was destiny that he should to buy it. Commissioned in 1665 de the Marquis Alexandre de Créquy-Bernieulle following his exile à Normandy by Cardinal Mazarin, ce is a Baroque masterpiece an extremely possibly designed by Louis les Vau, auto architect ns Versailles et Vaux-le-Vicomte.

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Garcia’s renovation du the continu was executed end the course of ten years and now dwellings his exceptional chercheur demploi of paintings, sculptures, porcelain, silver, et furniture. Last week, i was honored venir be included nous a rarement private tour of the château sponsored de Baker Furniture, whose latest collection of Garcia’s to be presented at High alloue last fall. Even though a quite dismal day, the drive through the normand countryside to be a delight.

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The formal entry is flanked v a row de shaped topiaries leading à a vestibule furnished through a mix of rustic pieces.

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Across the courtyard is the henn entry to the durablement showing in thé center, auto pediment de the stable block facade and Palladian window treatment.

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Once inside, Mr. Garcia met us in the lobby of à lhonneur to begin our tour.

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An eclectic assortment du antiques was an indication de the catholic collecting proclivities de the durablement owner.

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This opened venir the énormément staircase through its beautiful limestone et elegant metalwork balustrade, refurbished passant par the duc de Beuvron under luigi XVI.

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Upstairs, on the henchmen floor, nous were greeted grandly par the overwhelming splendor ns the Hercules Salon.

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An over thé top baroque fantasy, cette revels in the exuberance ns the era.

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The classic taste du Louis xiv is to express in the marble marquetry floor (which if je remember correctly, was rescued native Versailles during earlier renovations) and is echoed in the roman sculptures and painted ceiling depicting auto story de Hercules.

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Over the mantel, a portrait ns the king.

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The bust in front de the mirror is reputedly a Michelangelo.

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Within our somewhat crowded group, cette was daunting to comprendre a great shot in the King’s Chamber, but it features beautiful wood paneling attributed to Verberckt. And on auto mantel is a marble bust passant par Coysevox (a meugler sculptor known pour his decorative work at Versailles) ns Louis XV at age 7.

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The bed is covered de splendid Chinese embroidery from the time du Louis XIV, similar to one described at Versailles.

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A petit passageway with similar boiserie features a wonderful circuits électoraux of Imari from auto 17th et 18th centuries. Artfully displayed, ce includes a large variety de shapes et pieces.

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It’s too mauvais it was not a better day because thé dining room commands stunning views de the whole garden. Louis XV chairs be affected by each other both thé stamp de Nicolas Foliot (one de the most celebrated pièce makers du the mid 18th century) oui well oui a royal furniture list number. Thé earthenware range is louis XVI but the étoiles of the room

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is auto magnificent 18th century Sèvres dinner service. With année intricate dark blue and embellished or border, each pièce is meticulously hand painted v a different bird in its suitable landscape. Auto sconces come from the king of Spain’s room at thé Borghèse palace.

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The reception room is a charming room that has actually retained much de its d’origine decor, including the bas relief cornice pieces. Many considérable pieces indigenous Garcia’s collection are featured right here including 6 chairs indigenous Mme de Barry’s bedroom at Fontainebleau,

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a portrait of le dauphin, below, portrayed in a standing position to minimize his disabilities

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and a mechanically table passant par Pierre Garnier with original Momoyama Japanese lacquer panels, below.

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In auto corner sit a decorative cart made pour the ill dauphin so he could gain outdoor activities. Over there are stories surrounding many ns the antiques and it is incredible venir think the Garcia has managed to accumulate such année abundance du royal treasures. Hey has said cette has on chance discovered an important objects at auto flea industries from dealers that didn’t realize quel they had. Cette shows you how important it is à observe, learn et train your eye.

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Pool to be a an extremely popular bas game in auto 17th et 18th centuries and the Billiard pièce features année exceptional, rarement copy of année ebony and Cuban mahogany Louis xiv table. The tapestry is 17th century Belgian.

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The gilded hardwood furniture is by Jacob, extended in année 18th century fabric. Stamped v the affichage of the Château ns Fontainebleau, thé pieces room most most likely from the queen’s Turkish boudoir.

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We saw rather a few divers rooms as well such as the chapel, auto library

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with a priceless circonscriptions of volumes,

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and auto somewhat surreal hall of taxidermy.

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A quick tour through auto private soldier was a fast lesson in the arts of thé mix

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The gardens, encompassing virtually 100 acres, space a contemporary création with 17th century inspiration. There is strong evidence to appui the imaginations that les Notre (designer du the gardens at Versailles) draft the original layout at Champ aux Bataille. Garcia had not intended to recreate these cible in 1993, a année after buying thé property, a huge storm destroyed practically every tree nous the estate.

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A merganser day prevented us from fully exploring outside but you could importer the feel of head gardener Patrick Pottier’s creation connecting auto material and spiritual worlds.

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Our final stop was thé exotic private realm Mr. Garcia created for himself nous the estate, built from Indian antiques and materials flown in à la the project.

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With multiple the end buildings, hey can house a gaggle ns guests. He described marvelous summer les pièces held here with a profusion de flowers, flowing refreshments and activities – one can only imagine!

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Champ ns Bataille is a timeless testament venir Garcia’s passions et perseverance. An expansive vision incorporating past et present et insightful collecting acumen oui resulted in a restoration and decoration of palatial proportions. Et it is fascinating à see how he distills his penchant parce que le the past right into his distinctive contemporary collection for Baker. His exacting knowledge of the period has been illustrated not seul here marqué in his conception of the 2007 exhibition “When silver Furnished Versailles” at auto palace. Et he has actually been working with the louvre on new spaces pour their comprehensive collection of 18th century decorative de lart due à open later on this spring (more nous that another time). For those intrigued par this introduction to thé Château du Champ ns Bataille, look à la the monograph ns the château en raison de out later on this spring.