Restoration of the Duke and Duchess d’Aumale’s Private Suites
2016 – 2018
The Duke and Duchess d’Aumale’s private suites are located in the oldest part of the Château de Chantilly, which dates from the Renaissance era. These historic rooms were entirely designed and furnished for the newly married couple by the painter Eugène Lami in 1845-1846. They are an authentic example of French decorative arts from King Louis-Philippe’s reign (July Monarchy) and the only surviving ensemble in France today.
The Duchess’ elegant apartments include her bedchamber and adjoining bath, Salon de Guise, and Salon Violet; the Duke’s simpler but refined suite comprises a bedroom, Salon de Condé, and dining room. On view are exquisite pieces of portraiture, furniture, paneling, fine textiles, and objets d’art. Together, this ensemble provides a rich and deeply personal insight into the lifestyle of a remarkable princely family in French history.
These galleries have remained unchanged for the most part since the death of the Duke d’Aumale in 1897 and have been open to the public since 1993. A complete renovation was launched in 2016 and includes the interior decoration (ceiling, paneling, flooring) as well as the furnishings (textiles, objects in gilded wood and bronze, furniture). The restoration program is expected to conclude in 2018, at which time, visitors to Chantilly will once again be able to discover or re-discover the splendor and beauty of the Duke and Duchess d’Aumale’s private suites.
The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly is thrilled to participate in making possible this major initiative through proceeds from its inaugural gala held on September 12, 2017.
We would also like to express our deep gratitude to the following individuals for their contributions:
- Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Cattelain
- Marquis and Marquise Amaury de Chaumont-Quitry
- Count and Countess Charles-André Colonna Walewski
- Mr. and Mrs. Michel David-Weill
- Mr. and Mrs. Edmond de La Haye Jousselin
- Mrs. Oscar de la Renta
- Marquis and Marquise de Pracomtal
- Christopher Forbes
- Mr. and Mrs. Frédéric Gautier-Winther
- Mr. and Mrs. Claude Janssen
- Mr. Christian Keesee
- Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kimmelman
- Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lanvin
- Peter Marino
- His Excellency and Mrs. Anton Prohaska
- Mr. and Mrs. William Rayner
- Mrs. Beatrice Santo Domingo
We would also like to recognize the generous sponsorship of: