CHATEAU DE VILLETTE: The Restoration of a French Masterpiece by Guillaume Picon
This intimate tour provides a lesson from Jacques Garcia in the art and technique of historic house and garden restoration. The Château de Villette, situated in a lush wood land near Paris, has been an oasis of art and beauty since its construction (1663–69) according to François 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 intellectually influential salons of the pre revolutionary period for an international elite that included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine.
All-new photography, along with drawings by architectural historians Bernd Dams and Andrew Zega, illustrate this lavish volume.