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Vaux-le-Vicomte

Fête on 17th August 1661 / 2001

L'Âge d'Or (Nicole's former Living
History society) went to Nicolas Fouquet's
beautiful château Vaux-le-Vicomte
in Melun near Paris in France, to
commemorate the 340th anniversary of his
celebrated grand fête on 17th August 1661.

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Sir Robert
Sir Robert
Lady Louise
Lady Sophie
Please meet some of the guests on this splendid sunny day of August 17th. Sir Robert from England. His wife, Lady Louise. Lady Louise's cousin the Comtesse de Neville.
Lady Sophie Lady Anna
Lady Sophie contemplating in the refreshingly cool grotto. Lady Sophie's friend the Baronin von Cleve. Lady Anna overlooking the garden. Lady Anna
Courtyard Terrace
Lady Louise Lady Sophie The group of illustrious visitors in front of the impressive entrance. Two ladies resting and enjoying to watch the other guests from 340 years ago.
Forecourt
Lady Anna
Forecourt
Forecourt
The side wing leading up to the courtyard. Lady Anna on the terrace overlooking the garden. The party arrived in the forecourt and has already left their carriage with the stable hands. The magnificent and beautiful chateau comes into view to everyone's delight.
Forecourt
Entrance
Entrance
Front
Our gentleman quite delighted with the 'burden' of accompanying to young pretty ladies. Resting for a moment to admire the view towards the side buildings and the chateau waiting for us. Stepping through the iron wrought gate from 2001 into 1661 on the very same day. The 17th August 1661 was as splendid as the 17th August 2001.
Courtyard
Courtyard
Terrace
Terrace
Overlooking the courtyard. Looking forward to the splendours and joy of this very special day. On the terrace in the warm sunshine, looking out over the garden. The beautifully harmonious facade of the back of the chateau.
Terrace
Terrace
Terrace
Terrace
Perhaps these guests are not visible to the camera in contrast to us. Certainly though did we enjoy our wonderful day. Lady Sophie in conversation with her cousin's husband. Enjoying the bridge which spans from the terrace over the moat into the garden.
Terrace Dining Room Grotto Canal
A little gossip on the bridge. The ladies and gentleman looking forward to tasting the pastry baker's delicacies. Some little fun with three ladies in the grotto. The sun requires the shade of a silk parasol to keep the pale complexion.
Terrace
Terrace
Terrace
Dining Room
Lady Anna and Lady Sophie exchanging the latest fashion news. Sophie and Sir Robert in the warm afternoon sun. Ohhh... fishes! Admiring the paintwork by Charles Le Brun in the dining room.
Garden
Garden
Garden
Grotto
Genteel conversation in the lovely gardens. Proper greeting and amicable manners. The visitors from abroad enjoying themselves. Three ladies gossiping: "Oh, look, what she is wearing, this is sooo 1650s!"
Sophie
Grotto
Waterfall
Canal
Comtesse Sophie tying the silk ribbon of her brocade shoe. With laughter and giggles playing a game of 'peekaboo'. Relishing the freshness of the little waterfall near the canal at the other end of the garden. Watching the tranquility of the canal and the swan boats passing by.
Pond
Woods
Canal
Canal
Swan boats and sunshine at the pond. Husband and wife chatting amicably in the shade of the woods terraced above the gardens. Walking towards one of the grand staircases leading back up to the gardens from the canal. Amused by watching the fishes swim by.
Garden Canal Woods Garden
Comtesse Sophie flashing a silk stockinged leg and velvet garter. The day could not have been any more gorgeous. The shade provides comfort in the neatly planted alleys in the small woods. There is nothing compared to the wondrous beauty and tranquility of the place.
Canal
Canal
Waterfall
Grotto
The water features opposite to the canal and lower than the rest of the garden. Strolling along the canal. The play of sun and shade on the rich silks while the ladies giggle and gossip. Fun and laughter playing 'weather hut'
Garden
Garden
Garden
Canal
Conversation underneath one of the many statues in the garden. Resting on a stone bench with the breathtakingly beautiful chateau as a backdrop. Waiting with anticipation for the fireworks and amusements in the evening. All of us agreed upon the beauty of this place. Monsieur Fouquet you truly created magnificence.
Courtyard
Woods
Canal
Garden
Sophie and Sir Robert talking near the outbuildings. Watching the other guests of the fete, perhaps not visible to the camera's artificial eye, but in our hearts they were all there. Enjoying every moment and every new angle of the lovely view. A photo worth a period painting, beauty everywhere, but none more splendid than the harmony of the chateau.
Garden
Garden
Woods
Canal
Chatting happily away in the afternoon sun, congratulating the original host of the famous fete. Sir Robert a la one of the drawings in 'The Draughtman's Contract' Strolling back towards the garden and into the hub of the illustrious guests 340 years ago. A last look over the canal, before the foreign guests stroll back to the garden and finally the chateau itself.

Thank you Monsieur Fouquet for this beautiful place of perfect harmony,
and countless thanks to everyone who restored, keeps up and loves Vaux-le-Vicomte!

Rise & Glory | Downfall & Injustice | 'Une Rose...'
Vaux-le-Vicomte | Virtual Tour I | Virtual Tour II | Les Amis de Vaux
The Author at Vaux
| 17th August 2001 - Fête Anniversary

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