The Maisons chateau to recover Neo-classical landscape décor by Bidault and Bertin

1.Ballroom, château de Maisons
Current condiction
Photo : Didier Rykner

23/3/10 – Heritage – Maisons-Laffitte, château de Maisons – The Château de Maisons, property of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, has been active in its policy of refurnishing and restoring the establishment.
An announcement was made on 22 of March, stating that the décor of the ballroom, commissioned by Jacques Laffitte between 1818 and 1820, would soon be restituted. Other measures include the installation of illumination of the monument at night, as well as other services to the public. The large canvases, three by Jean-Victor Bertin and three by Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidault, ornated the room’s trumeaux, between the windows, and had replaced the mirrors installed by Marechal Lannes. They were removed in 1911 to display the tapestries belonging to the series of Maximilian’s Hunting Parties, which today have returned to the Mobilier National (ill. 1).

2. Jean-Victor Bertin (1767-1842)
Italian Landscape
Oil on canvas - 409 x 278 cm
Paris, Musée du Louvre
Photo : RMN

3. Ballroom, chateau de Maisons
Seen with the décor installed by Laffitte,
An old postcard
It shows two of the
three Bidault paintings
Photo : CMN

Four landscapes, two by Bidault and two by Bertin, are now in the Louvre’s storage facilities (ill. 2), while two others are still held at the chateau de Maisons, rolled up in the attic, rediscovered last year during an inventory.
Some old postcards show the room in the chateau in its last known historical condition (ill. 3). The Bidault landscapes were placed on the left side of the room (city side) and Bertin’s on the right (Seine side). These works will be restored, thanks partly to patronage funding (the total is estimated at 200,000 euros), before being reinstalled in their original location.

Didier Rykner, mardi 23 mars 2010

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