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Participate to the restoration of the Grand Salon of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, one of the greatest French Art's decorative set.


Vaux-le-Vicomte


A 17th-century masterpiece, the magnificent chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte was commissioned by Nicolas Fouquet, the young King Louis XIV’s Superintendent of Finances. 


To bring his vision to life, Fouquet brought in three of the finest artists in the world – the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter Charles Le Brun and the garden designer André le Nôtre – to collaborate on the architecture, interior and landscape. Six years later, the King would ask the same three artists to develop the world-famous Palace of Versailles.


Today, the chateau is privately owned by Patrice and Cristina de Vogüé, the Count and Countess de Vogüé, whose family has owned it for five generations. Located 50 minutes from Paris, Vaux-le-Vicomte welcomes around 300, 000 visitors per year and relies on the generosity of donors to preserve and protect its grandeur. 





Project and Presentation


Le Grand Salon is a 17th-century architectural treasure, an enormous, breathtaking dome that was designed to house the largest painted ceiling in France. The cosmography represented by the sculpture and the gnomon engraved in the floor is a unique work. The decoration is a beautiful representation of all that the Grand Siècle could then produce in arts and sciences.


According to the architecture historian Jean-Marie Perouse de Montclos, the Grand Salon decoration represents “one of the most important of French art (...) in its size and profusion."


Cross section of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte by Cyril Bordier

The artist Charles Le Brun designed the layout of the Grand Salon’s furniture, statutes, tapestries and installations. He was also the visionary for the enormous “Palace of the Sun” painting, an unprecedented artistic endeavour created for the chateaux’s domed ceiling. 


Unfortunately, the painting was never even begun because, in 1661, Fouquet was arrested and all work came to a halt. Fortunately, some preparatory drawings, including the composition and detail, were preserved, and are stored in the Department of Graphic Arts of the Louvre Museum. 

 

    

As the original drawings illustrate, Le Brun designed an exceptional fresco (the largest in France at the time) on the dome of the Grand Salon by combining architecture, sculpture and painting, as well as astronomy, astrology, history and geography. The dome is illustrated by 16 figures, representing the 12 signs of the Zodiac and the four seasons. It was done by Jacques Houzeau, and François Girardon for "Winter," and inspired by Le Brun's drawings.


The restoration of the Grand Salon


For the last three and a half centuries, the Grand Salon has not received any major restorations. Now is the time to provide the Grand Salon with the care it deserves.




This critical restoration project will allow the Grand Salon to restore its former magnificence, and recover its well-deserved name of "Palace of the Sun"

The restoration project will be led by the chief architect of historical monuments, Mr. Didier Repellin. Before starting the work, specialists in painting, sculpture and architecture will regularly meet with a scientific team composed of the best specialists of the 17th century in order to look at the restoration hypotheses and make appropriate decisions. 




Funds

The donations will help to restore the tympanums and dome.

Step 1: 50,000 euros to restore the 16 tympanums

Step 2: 100,000 euros to finance the restoration of the dome

The Restoration Process:


1. Restoration of the stucco:

·       16 figures representing the four seasons

·       12 signs of the Zodiac

·       window tympanums representing the Roman divinities symbolized by their attributes

·       Stucco cleaning and check-up

·       Fixing damaged ornaments 

- Damaged ornaments and, plastering, cracking


 


2. Restoration of the dome:

·       Cleaning the ceiling

·       Mending the cracks

·       Rehabilitating the painted sky (done by Charles Séchant, in the middle of the 19th century)   







We invite you to participate in the restoration of the historic Grand Salon! 





How to support our common project ?


You can give money :

- by an online donation by credit card sur dartagnans.fr

- by a bankwire sur dartagnans.fr

- by sending a check (to the order of: Demeure Historique), specifying your email, to the following address: 

Dartagnans 

Projet Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

1 rue de Chateaudun

75009 Paris



Regarding the rewards...


Lottery : All donors whatever your amount is, are automatically entered in the draw. Every week, you may win again and even get, a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, in the most spectacular 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel (https://www.alfredsommier.com/...), so stay in line!




The draws will take place :


- September 17th

- September 24th

- October 1st

- October 8th

- October 15th

- October 22nd

- October 30th


Find the rules of the game here.


Thank you !

The whole team at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte warmly thank you for your precious support.

  




Contact us :

[email protected]



Our partners: 


- The Demeure Historique supports the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (member of the Association de la Demeure Historique) and joins their restoration project.

 

- The 5-star hotel "Alfred Sommier", in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris


- Vol Libre Production

- J.Blanch Productions


Rewards

Pledge 10 or more
82 donations
Pluto

- Enter the draw: Win unique experiences including a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, the most spectacular in the 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel, in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris (https://www.alfredsommier.com/fr/)

- A bookmark specially created for the campaign
Pledge 20 or more
90 donations
Neptune
- Enter the draw: Win unique experiences including a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, the most spectacular in the 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel, in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris (https://www.alfredsommier.com/fr/)

- A bookmark specially created for the campaign

- Watercolor of the Grand Salon by Cyril Bordier, architect and author of the book "Vaux-le-Vicomte genesis of a masterpiece"
Pledge 50 or more
Or 24.26€ after tax deduction
264 donations
Saturn

- Enter the draw: Win unique experiences including a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, the most spectacular in the 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel, in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris (https://www.alfredsommier.com/fr/)

- A bookmark specially created for the campaign

- Watercolor of the Grand Salon by Cyril Bordier, heritage architect and author of the book "Vaux-le-Vicomte genesis of a masterpiece"

- An entrance ticket for the Vaux-le-Vicomte estate (castle, garden, dome)
Pledge 100 or more
Or 45.22€ after tax deduction
190 donations (10 left)
Jupiter
- Enter the draw : Win unique experiences including a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, the most spectacular in the 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel, in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris (https://www.alfredsommier.com/fr/)

- A bookmark specially created for the campaign

- Watercolor of the Grand Salon by Cyril Bordier, architect and author of the book "Vaux-le-Vicomte genesis of a masterpiece"

- Single Entrance ticket for the Candlelight Evening

- A paper print, numbered from 1 to 200, of the photo of the Grand Salon by Guillaume Crochez
Pledge 300 or more
Or 102€ after tax deduction
35 donations
Mars
- Enter the draw: Win unique experiences including a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, the most spectacular in the 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel, in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris (https://www.alfredsommier.com/fr/)

- A bookmark specially created for the campaign

- Watercolor of the Grand Salon by Cyril Bordier, heritage architect and author of the book "Vaux-le-Vicomte genesis of a masterpiece"

- A paper print, numbered from 1 to 200, of the photo of the Grand Salon by Guillaume Crochez

- A privileged invitation to the Candlelight Evening: Entrance to the domain, and fireworks on the dome privatized for benefactors, including a glass of champagne
Pledge 500 or more
Or 227.42€ after tax deduction
32 donations (68 left)
Venus
- Enter the draw: Win unique experiences including a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, the most spectacular in the 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel, in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris (https://www.alfredsommier.com/fr/)

- A bookmark specially created for the campaign

- A watercolor of the Grand Salon by Cyril Bordier, architect and author of the book "Vaux-le-Vicomte genesis of a masterpiece"

- A paper print, numbered from 1 to 200, of the photo of the Grand Salon by Guillaume Crochez

- Two Privileged Invitation to the Candlelight Evening: Entrance to the estate, and fireworks on the dome privatized for the benefactors with a glass of champagne

- Two annual memberships to the Association of Friends of Vaux-le-Vicomte

- A book "A day in Vaux-le-Vicomte" signed by one of the owners, authors of the book
Pledge 999 or more
Or 339.66€ after tax deduction
15 donations
Mercury
- Enter the draw: Win unique experiences including a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, the most spectacular in the 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel, in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris (https://www.alfredsommier.com/fr/)

- A bookmark specially created for the campaign

- A watercolor of the Grand Salon by Cyril Bordier, heritage architect and author of the book "Vaux-le-Vicomte genesis of a masterpiece"

- A paper print numbered from 1 to 200 of the photo of the Grand Salon by Guillaume Crochez

- Two privileged invitations to the Soirée aux Chandelles: Entrance to the domain, and fireworks on the dome privatized for benefactors, including a glass of champagne

- Two annual memberships to the Association of Friends of Vaux-le-Vicomte

- A book "A day in Vaux-le-Vicomte" signed by one of the owners, authors of the book

- Two invitations to a cocktail party for the inauguration of the restored Grand Salon
Pledge 5,000 or more
Or 1700€ after tax deduction
3 donations
Sun
- Enter the draw: Win unique experiences including a night in the "Vaux-le-Vicomte" Suite, the most spectacular in the 5-star "Alfred Sommier" hotel, in the heart of the Madeleine district in Paris (https://www.alfredsommier.com/fr/)

- A bookmark specially created for the campaign

- A watercolor of the Grand Salon by Cyril Bordier, architect and author of the book "Vaux-le-Vicomte genesis of a masterpiece"

- A paper print, numbered from 1 to 200, of the photo of the Grand Salon by Guillaume Crochez

- Invitation to the Candlelight Evening for two people: Entrance to the domain, and fireworks on the dome privatized for the benefactors, including a glass of champagne

- Two annual memberships to the Association of Friends of Vaux-le-Vicomte

- A book "A day in Vaux-le-Vicomte" signed by one of the owners, authors of the book

- Two invitations to a cocktail party for the inauguration of the restored Grand Salon

- A flight for two people in an Alouette 2 helicopter over the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Pledge 25,000 or more
Or 8500€ after tax deduction
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Euterpe (for companies)
FOR YOU

• Unlimited and free access to the Vaux-le-Vicomte estate for one year.

• Invitation to the inauguration of the restoration and public thanks of the patrons.

• Invitation to private tours of the castle and meetings with the restaurateurs of the Grand Salon.

FOR YOUR BUSINESS

• Ticketing
Offer your customers, employees or employees, passes for a visit of the domain, also valid for candlelight evenings and events of Vaux-le-Vicomte.

• Provision of spaces
Organize business meetings, company anniversaries or any other event, in one of the rooms of the castle, in the common or in the garden.

• Member of the Circle of Corporate Sponsors
Join the Corporate Sponsorship Circle of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, meet other heads of corporate sponsors and enjoy exclusive appointments to discover the castle differently.

• Inauguration with your customers or collaborators
Invite your relations to the inauguration of your project with a member of the Vogüé family.

• Visibility
Communicate about your business and your activities. Your name visible on our website under the heading "Our Patrons to Honor". Communication plan developed together.

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Or 17000€ after tax deduction
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Thalie (for companies)

FOR YOU

• Unlimited and free access to the Vaux-le-Vicomte estate for one year.

• Invitation to the inauguration of the restoration and public thanks of the patrons.

• Invitation to private tours of the castle and meetings with the restaurateurs of the Grand Salon.

FOR YOUR BUSINESS

• Ticketing
Offer your customers, employees or employees, passes for a visit of the domain, also valid for candlelight evenings and events of Vaux-le-Vicomte.

• Provision of spaces
Organize business meetings, company anniversaries or any other event, in one of the rooms of the castle, in the common or in the garden.

• Member of the Circle of Corporate Sponsors
Join the Corporate Sponsorship Circle of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, meet other heads of corporate sponsors and enjoy exclusive appointments to discover the castle differently.

• Inauguration with your customers or collaborators
Invite your relations to the inauguration of your project with a member of the Vogüé family.

• Visibility
Communicate about your business and your activities. Your name visible on our website under the heading "Our Patrons to Honor". Communication plan developed together.

Counterparties made to measure according to your needs and challenges
Pledge 100,000 or more
Or 34000€ after tax deduction
0 donation
Erato (for companies)
FOR YOU

• Unlimited and free access to the Vaux-le-Vicomte estate for one year.

• Invitation to the inauguration of the restoration and public thanks of the patrons.

• Invitation to private tours of the castle and meetings with the restaurateurs of the Grand Salon.

FOR YOUR BUSINESS

• Ticketing
Offer your customers, employees or employees, passes for a visit of the domain, also valid for candlelight evenings and events of Vaux-le-Vicomte.

• Provision of spaces
Organize business meetings, company anniversaries or any other event, in one of the rooms of the castle, in the common or in the garden.

• Member of the Circle of Corporate Sponsors
Join the Corporate Sponsorship Circle of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, meet other heads of corporate sponsors and enjoy exclusive appointments to discover the castle differently.

• Inauguration with your customers or collaborators
Invite your relations to the inauguration of your project with a member of the Vogüé family.

• Visibility
Communicate about your business and your activities. Your name visible on our website under the heading "Our Patrons to Honor". Communication plan developed together.

Counterparties made to measure according to your needs and challenges, valued within the limit