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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Exterior has Renaissance features (originally built 1622).

    Originally built by Christophe Perrot in 1622. It was formerly the residence of Joséphine de Beauharnais, (later the Empress) and with the Tuileries, was from 1800 to 1802 the headquarters of the French government. It is the most complete expression of the Consulate style, and owed more perhaps to the taste of Empress Josephine than to Napoleon. Fontaine and Percier were received at Malmaison on 31 December 1799 and presented to Firs…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The present building was begun (1751) for Louis XV, King of France, by Anges-Jacques Gabriel. It was finished (1786) for Louis XVI by Le Dreux de la Châtre (b 1721) to Gabriel’s plans. The plan is trapezoidal, with the garden front placed at an oblique angle to the cour d'honneur, a complexity necessitated by the awkwardness of the site. There was no damage to the building during the French Revolution although the contents were sold (1795), and after a period as a military academy, th…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    A classical tetrastyle pavilion front with a pediment rises in the centre; a flattened version of this motif, using pilasters, is used on the upper part of the end pavilions of the side wings of the cour d'honneur, which enclose a double-colonnaded entrance screen.

    The present building was begun (1751) for Louis XV, King of France, by Anges-Jacques Gabriel. It was finished (1786) for Louis XVI by Le Dreux de la Châtre (b 1721) to Gabriel’s plans. The plan is trapezoidal, with the gar…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    In 1642 Mansart was commissioned to design the Château de Maisons (now Château de Maisons-Laffitte), Yvelines, near Paris, for René de Longueil, who proved to be his most satisfactory patron, for his wealth increased as the work proceeded. Mansart was for once able to pursue his search for perfection, and every part of the scheme, from the subterranean vaults and unusually deep foundations to the finest decorative detail, was designed and executed with the utmost care and precision. An elabor…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Louis XIII’s major work at Fontainebleau was the addition of the magnificent horseshoe-shaped (Escalier de Fer-a-Cheval) staircase (1632-1634) in the Cour du Cheval Blanc, designed by Jean Androuet Du Cerceau.

    In April 1528 Francis I commissioned Gilles Le Breton for a programme of building (completed 1540) at Fontainebleau. The Cour de l'Ovale was to be rebuilt using the old foundations and retaining the old keep, while a gallery, now the Galerie François I, was to be constructed li…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    This room is in the donjon (keep), the oldest part of the palace. The relief over the fireplace is of Henry IV (1600, by Matthieu Jacquet), installed here in 1836 during a redecoration by Louis Philippe.

    In April 1528 Francis I commissioned Gilles Le Breton for a programme of building (completed 1540) at Fontainebleau. The Cour de l'Ovale was to be rebuilt using the old foundations and retaining the old keep, while a gallery, now the Galerie François I, was to be constructed linking this…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The current decor was done partly under Louis-Philippe; Napoleon III used it as a dining room. The marble fireplace is a collection of sculpture; a bust of Henri IV made in 1600 by Mathieu Jacquet, reliefs by Bontemps 1555-1556, and figures by Plantar, 1836.

    In April 1528 Francis I commissioned Gilles Le Breton for a programme of building (completed 1540) at Fontainebleau. The Cour de l'Ovale was to be rebuilt using the old foundations and retaining the old keep, while a gallery, now the…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    French royal château near Blois, Loir-et-Cher. It was built by Francis I, who in 1516, a year after becoming king and fresh from his victories in northern Italy, asked Leonardo da Vinci to draw up the plans for a new château to be built at Romorantin. This project was abandoned two years later, and the King decided to build instead at Chambord. Construction started in 1519 and speeded up after 1526; it continued throughout Francis I’s reign and was brought to a close under Henry II toward…

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Decorated in Second Empire style.

    The present building was begun (1751) for Louis XV, King of France, by Anges-Jacques Gabriel. It was finished (1786) for Louis XVI by Le Dreux de la Châtre (b 1721) to Gabriel’s plans. The plan is trapezoidal, with the garden front placed at an oblique angle to the cour d'honneur, a complexity necessitated by the awkwardness of the site. There was no damage to the building during the French Revolution although the contents were sold (1795), and after…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The Empire furnishings in mahogany are by Jacob-Desmalter, 1808.

    The present building was begun (1751) for Louis XV, King of France, by Anges-Jacques Gabriel. It was finished (1786) for Louis XVI by Le Dreux de la Châtre (b 1721) to Gabriel’s plans. The plan is trapezoidal, with the garden front placed at an oblique angle to the cour d'honneur, a complexity necessitated by the awkwardness of the site. There was no damage to the building during the French Revolution although the conte…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
    Description:

    In 1642 Mansart was commissioned to design the Château de Maisons (now Château de Maisons-Laffitte), Yvelines, near Paris, for René de Longueil, who proved to be his most satisfactory patron, for his wealth increased as the work proceeded. Mansart was for once able to pursue his search for perfection, and every part of the scheme, from the subterranean vaults and unusually deep foundations to the finest decorative detail, was designed and executed with the utmost care and precision. An elabor…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Heidelberg was the seat of the Electors Palatine from 1329. The castle, whose ruined buildings in the early 19th century were an important source of inspiration for the German Romantic movement, reflects Heidelberg’s greatest period of prosperity in the 16th century and the early 17th. The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located 80 metres (260 ft) up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside, and thereby dominates the vi…

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