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Special Dinner in Honor of the Duke d’Aumale at the Palais-Royal

September 21, 2022

The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Duke d’Aumale in style at the Palais-Royal in Paris. A special dinner was held in the historic rooms of the Ministry of Culture under the high patronage of Rima Abdul Malak, Minister of Culture, and presided by Prince Amyn Aga Khan, FODC Chairman. It was a truly exceptional event.

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Cultural Visits to the Louvre, Chantilly and Notre Dame de Compassion

September 20, 2022

To commemorate the bicentenary of the Duke d’Aumale’s birth, the Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly visited 3 historic sites with ties to the Orléans family. At the Louvre, guests split into two groups to see paintings and drawings by Ingres, who received many commissions from the Orléans. Next, everyone headed out to Chantilly where they were dazzled by paintings by Ingres, drawings of Ferdinand, Duke d’Orléans and, most of all, the Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, one of the Duke d’Aumale’s greatest treasures. Finally, the group toured Notre Dame de Compassion, a chapel built in memory of the Duke d’Orléans on the site of his unfortunate accident in 1842.

Celebrating the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Duke d’Aumale

May 23-24, 2022

FODC members enjoyed a fun-filled program in honor of the bicentenary of the birth of Henri d’Orléans, Duke d’Aumale. The itinerary featured the Palais Bourbon, currently the National Assembly, which the Duke d’Aumale inherited from the last Duke de Bourbon; Chaumet, the official jeweler of the Orléans family, who designed the Duchess d’Aumale’s wedding ring; the Galerie Steinitz, a renowned specialist in fine furniture and decorative arts who has collaborated with Chantilly; the Conseil constitutionnel, located in the Palais-Royal where the Duke was born; Declercq Passementiers, who has recreated trimmings identical to those that adorned Chantilly during the Duke d’Aumale’s time; and the Chancellerie d’Orléans, which was originally built for the Duke’s ancestor. Of course, the group was treated to a private tour at Chantilly, including a sneak preview of the new exhibition on Albrecht Dürer (June 4 – October 2).

Exclusive Visits in Paris and Chantilly

September 27-28, 2021

The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly invited members to a special two-day program of private visits and receptions in Paris and Chantilly. Guests toured the recently renovated Hôtel de la Marine with Joseph Achkar, enjoyed lunch at the home of Prince Amyn Aga Khan, were received by Chancellor Xavier Darcos at the Institut de France, and were treated to an exclusive viewing at Tassinari & Chatel. Of course, the itinerary also included a visit to Chantilly where curators presented the current exhibition on the School of Fontainebleau, and showcased rare books and 18th-century furniture from the permanent collection.

FODC Members Return to Chantilly

June 29, 2021

FODC members and donors celebrated the reopening of the Château de Chantilly with a private visit of the current exhibitions on Meissen and Chantilly porcelain and Carmontelle portraits as well as a tour of the Duke d’Aumale’s Reading Room and a behind-the-scenes look at the major renovation program in the Logis Galleries. After an exciting morning, guests were treated to luncheon at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume.

FODC Members Head to the Musée du Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay

December 9 & 10, 2019

On December 9, FODC members were invited to view the highly acclaimed exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre. Afterwards, they were welcomed by Board member Alice Goldet for a sumptuous luncheon at her home where guests admired her collection. The next day, Henri Loyrette, also a Board member and organizing curator of the incredible show “Degas à l’Opéra” at the Musée d’Orsay, treated FODC to a private tour.

Special Lecture on “Meissen and Chantilly Porcelain. A Princely Passion”

October 30, 2019

Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly, in partnership with Röbbig München, organized a riveting lecture on Meissen porcelain in the beautiful Skyroom of the French Institute Alliance Française in New York. Dr. Mathieu Deldicque from Chantilly, Dr. Daniela Antonin and Dr. Wilko Beckmann from Hetjens-German Museum of Ceramics (Düsseldorf), and Dr. Charlotte Vignon from The Frick Collection each presented their projects involving Meissen porcelain. This event welcomed collectors from the U.S. and Europe, and concluded with a reception.

Gala Dinner Inspired by Princely Porcelain from Chantilly and Meissen

September 24, 2019

For the third consecutive year, FODC held an extraordinary gala evening at Chantilly. Under the leadership of its Chairman, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, and its Board of Directors, this prestigious event was co-chaired by Katharine Rayner and Michel David-Weill in support of a major exhibition on Chantilly and Meissen porcelain scheduled to open in September 2020.

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Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly Celebrates the July Monarchy

March 25, 2019

FODC members headed out to Chantilly on a beautiful spring day to discover the newly renovated Private Apartments of the Duke and Duchess d’Aumale, the only surviving decorative ensemble dating from the July Monarchy period (1830-1848), and the first ever exhibition on “Eugène Lami. Painter and Decorator to the Orléans Family.” Both were supported by the Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly.

Meissen and Chantilly Porcelain Exhibition Preview at Hôtel de Beauharnais

March 18, 2019

Under the patronage of His Excellency the German Ambassador to France Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, the Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly welcomed porcelain lovers from the United States and Europe for a presentation of the upcoming show “Meissen and Chantilly. Princely Porcelains” by Dr. Mathieu Deldicque. Guests also enjoyed a private visit of the beautifully restored rooms of the historic Hôtel de Beauharnais.

Special Talk on Italian Renaissance Drawings from Chantilly and The Morgan

February 25, 2019

Dr. Mathieu Deldicque, Curator from the Musée Condé at the Domaine de Chantilly, and  Dr. John Marciari, Charles W. Engelhard Curator at The Morgan Library & Museum, joined forces for a fascinating conversation about spectacular Italian Renaissance drawings in both collections. This event marked the opening of the exhibition “Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings at the Morgan” (February 15 – May 19, 2019) and the show on Chantilly’s mysterious drawing of the Nude Mona Lisa (June 1 – October 6, 2019).

Chantilly’s Equestrian Heritage Takes Center Stage at FODC Gala at the Great Stables

September 7, 2018

Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly held an elegant gala dinner on Friday, September 7, 2018 celebrating Chantilly’s long-standing equestrian heritage. The event was set in the Great Stables, an eighteenth-century architectural masterpiece, and transported guests back to the splendor of the days of Prince Louis-Henri de Bourbon-Condé who commissioned this “palace for horses.”

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A Day of Rembrandt, Rare Books, and Remarkable Drawings At Chantilly

March 19, 2018

The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly organized an exclusive visit at the Château de Chantilly, allowing guests the singular opportunity to tour the current “Rembrandt au Musée Condé” exhibition in the Gallery of Prints and Drawings and to view treasures from the Duke d’Aumale’s collection not on view to the public.

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Panel Discussion at the Frick Collection Celebrating the Duke d’Aumale

January 25, 2018

On Thursday, January 25, Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly (FODC) and The Center for the History of Collecting of the Frick Collection hosted a riveting evening panel discussion dedicated to the Duke d’Aumale and the phenomenal art collections at Chantilly. Over 120 guests convened in the Frick Mansion’s splendid Music Room, distinguished by its glass dome and damask walls, and were welcomed by museum director Ian Wardropper.

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FODC’s Inaugural Gala Revives Princely Splendor at the Château de Chantilly

September 12, 2017

The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly welcomed 230 guests to the Château de Chantilly for its first gala event. This historic estate, located just north of Paris, had been the residence of the Princes de Condé, cousins to the French royal family, and the venue for their legendary lifestyle throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. For one unforgettable evening, Chantilly was once again the setting for exquisite festivities.

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Lecture by Pierre Rosenberg in New York

May 30, 2017

The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly held its first event in New York in the beautiful salons of the French Consulate. Guests enjoyed a lecture by world-renowned art historian Pierre Rosenberg entitled “Nicolas Poussin at Chantilly. Seven Masterpieces in the Collection of the Duke d’Aumale.” Afterwards, they were invited to a festive reception sponsored by Champagne Laurent-Perrier.

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Opening of the New Gallery of Prints and Drawings at Chantilly

March 21, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with the entire estate is closed to the public, FODC offered an exclusive preview of two wonderful exhibitions dedicated to the Italian Renaissance. We were also among the first visitors to the Domaine de Chantilly’s new Gallery of Prints and Drawings, which was recently installed in an area of the Renaissance-era château that has never been open before. The visit concluded with a luncheon in the château. 

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FODC Hosts a Day of Exquisite Art and Architecture at Chantilly

September 10, 2016

Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly hosted a memorable day at Chantilly. Chairman Prince Amyn Aga Khan welcomed guests upon their arrival and spoke at length about Chantilly’s rich history, unrivaled art collection, and beautiful gardens before leading everyone into the castle. Among those in attendance were art collectors, garden lovers, and Francophiles from both sides of the Atlantic.

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FODC Celebrates the Salon du Dessin with Special Tour and Luncheon

March 31, 2016

The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly invited drawings collectors and enthusiasts for a special day at Chantilly in celebration of the 25th Salon du Dessin. Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Chairman, welcomed the group before they were treated to a special tour led by curators Nicole Garnier and Mathieu Deldicque and a private viewing of drawings. Guests had the rare opportunity to enjoy works by Da Vinci, Raphael, Clouet, Dürer, Rembrandt and others in the Duke d’Aumale’s private study.

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