It’s a palace with one of many biggest tales in French historical past—a minister overshadowing his king solely to be pulled right down to nothing. That’s the lengthy and wanting Nicolas Fouqet, King Louis XIV, and the fabulous Vaux-le-Vicomte, a chateau south of Paris that’s the topic of a pleasant new espresso desk e book from Flammarion, Vaux le Vicomte: A Private Invitation. The e book is the newest choice for our collection on beautiful new journey associated espresso desk books, Just Booked.
Regardless of its thrilling backstory and its central position within the improvement of French model—the architect (Le Vau), decorator (Le Brun), and panorama designer (Le Notre) all went on to design Versailles—Vaux-le-Vicomte doesn’t have the identical grip on the favored vacationer creativeness as different French chateaux. This new tome, with textual content from Guillaume Picon and pictures by Bruno Ehrs, will hopefully change that. The rooms captured are luxurious and the vistas arresting—few rooms have ever competed with the oval Grand Salon searching over Le Notre’s Baroque gardens. What’s superb is that the home remains to be in non-public arms, these of the de Vogüé household.
Particularly charming are images from Vaux’s signature occasion. Each Saturday from late spring to early fall, the chateau and grounds are lit totally by candles as they have been the night time of Nicolas Fouqet’s grand get together that sealed his destiny with the Solar King.