A LOUIS XV portrait hangs over Chinese porcelains at the chateau
The history of any family home has a gravitational pull -as a voyeurist historian myself, nothing could be more unearthly than the story of VAUX LE VICOMTE. In lieu of a trip to the chateau, an elegant new book A DAY AT CHATEAU DE VAUX LE VICOMTE is an unerring journey itself. Written by brothers and fifth generation members of the de Vogue family, Alexandre, Jean Charles, and Ascanio de Vogue- the book is beautifully boxed in a jewel-like slipcase, petit in presentation-yet monumental in content.
The book chronicles the history of the chateau and includes quotes from letters and documents in the archives. Vaux Le Vicomte rivaled Versailles-much to the King's dismay, setting off a series of events-worthy of cinema. Movies have been made at the chateau, and about it-yet nothing touches the historic reality of the storied chateau and Le Notre gardens.
"AT SIX IN THE EVENING OF AUGUST 17, FOUQUET WAS KING OF FRANCE; BY TWO IN THE MORNING , HE WAS NOTHING." Voltaire, Le Siecle de Louis XIV
The Salon of the Muses
LE BRUN'S Triumphant of Fidelity on the ceiling of the Salon of the Muses.
There is a restaurant at the chateau-apropos of the castle's 17th century celebrity chef VATEL-continuing its culinary exquisite reputation. Recipes from Countess de Vogue are included in the book.
In the formal apartments of FOUQUET, the chateau's creator, a bust of Le Brun-the decorator of VAUX le VICOMTE presides over a table worthy of Vatel.
I am unsure whether the book will go into my library or on an old table where I keep my jewelry. The book, like the chateau so "intermingle the Beauties of Art with those of Nature, and so industriously to divertise all the ornaments of so goodly a place." (on the chateau- Mlle, de Seudery, CLELIA, An Excellent New Romance.)
~ A DAY AT CHATEAU DE VAUX LE VICOMTE
By Alexandre de Vogue, Jean-Charles de Vogue, and Ascanio de Vogue, Flammarion, 2015, Photographs by Bruno Ehrs. All photographs used with permission by Flammarion, Rizzoli.