Château de Bercy

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Drawing of the Château de Bercy main façade
Front side of the surviving north pavilion

The Château de Bercy was a château located in Bercy, a part of modern day Charenton-le-Pont in Paris, France.

In 1658, it was constructed by architect Louis Le Vau's brother, François Le Vau, for Charles-Henri I de Malon de Bercy. Charles-Henri II de Malon de Bercy (1678–1742), superintendent of finances, commissioned sculptors employed on royal buildings to modernize the château's furnishings in 1713-14.

The gardens, designed by André Le Nôtre, extended to the banks of the Seine river. They were also known as the Parc de Bercy.[1] The whole Bercy area around the château and the river were full of gardens and other houses and mansions.[2] These gradually gave way to more condensed housing as the city grew in population during the 19th century.

The château was sold and demolished in 1861. Today the main SNCF route from east to west, the Périphérique and the autoroute de l'Est run where the garden of Le Nôtre used to be.

One of the console tables became a part of the collections of the Louvre Museum.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le parc et le château de Bercy". Economie.gouv.fr. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Le Petit Bercy et les villégiatures en bord de Seine, en marge du château de Bercy". Economie.gouv.fr. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  3. ^ "Console table from the Château de Bercy". Louvre Museum. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Deshairs (Léon), Le Château de Bercy. Architecture et décoration, fin du règne de Louis XIV (Paris, Calavas, s.d. - vers 1910);
  • Pons (Bruno), Grands décors français (1650–1800) reconstitués en Angleterre, aux États-Unis, en Amérique du Sud et en France (Dijon, éditions Faton, 1995, p. 48-53, 185-208);
  • Guy Le Goff, C.A.O.A du dépt. du Maine-et-Loire, "Une visite à Brissac" (L'Estampille-L'Objet d'Art" no. 248/juin 1991, p. 52, ill. - archives pers.).

External links[edit]

Media related to Château de Bercy at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 48°49′39″N 2°24′04″E / 48.8275°N 2.4011°E / 48.8275; 2.4011