"The Chateau Itself May Be the Main Attraction" Fontaine-Chaâlis Things to Do Tip by hquittner

Fontaine-Chaâlis Things to Do: 7 reviews and 32 photos

  Boucher Tapestry & Louis XIV Bust (Coysevox)
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  • Boucher Tapestry & Louis XIV Bust (Coysevox) - Fontaine-Chaâlis
      Boucher Tapestry & Louis XIV Bust (Coysevox)
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  • The Picture Gallery - Fontaine-Chaâlis
      The Picture Gallery
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  • The Portrait Bust Gallery - Fontaine-Chaâlis
      The Portrait Bust Gallery
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  • The Dining Room (paintings not visible) - Fontaine-Chaâlis
      The Dining Room (paintings not visible)
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  • The Umbrella Stand of Antlers - Fontaine-Chaâlis
      The Umbrella Stand of Antlers
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The tour was guided when we were there long ago, but their website infers that you can walk freely at certain times. That is important if you wish to study works of art in an unhurried manner, and there are many here. Someday they may make audio-guides. They would be ideal in this place which has many rooms and different experiences. Over the decades they have installed other collections besides that of the original donor. Unless they are your thing, give them a quick passing glance. The 18C tapestry in the first picture is from a cartoon of Boucher about Venus Getting Arms from Vulcan. The bust on the table is by Coysevox of Louis XIV and is in stone. There is a long hall (a gallery) filled with portrait busts. Since Mrs. Andre was a professional portrait painter when she married, to collect these is not surprising. Another smallish room is called the Art Gallery and is crammed with object and the best paintings, statues and more- a room for meditation if you lived there. There are bedrooms , library dining room with several paintings and a fine rug ,etc. Many chateau owners were great hunters, so she must have picked up the deer-antler umbrella stand at one of their garage sales. We could not identify the sculpture and include a Travelog of those that are not in the bust gallery or out back. We have also made a Travelog of other pictorial sights and one of the individual rooms in the Tour.

Website: http://www.chaalis.fr

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