Château de la Mignarde
|Château de la Mignarde|
|Address||Route des Pinchinats|
|Town or city||Aix-en-Provence|
It was built in the eighteenth century. The facade has twenty-seven windows. The drawing-room sports a wallpaper which was hand-painted, representing fields of rice in China. Throughout the garden, there are ponds and sculptures.
Jean-Joseph-Pierre Pascalis (1732-1790), a supporter of the monarchy, was hiding in this chateau when he was arrested in and killed during the French Revolution. A few decades later, in 1807, Pauline Bonaparte (1780–1825), sister of Napoleon (1761-1821), had an affair with Louis Nicolas Philippe Auguste de Forbin (1779-1841) in this chateau. During her stay, she asked her staff to silence the frogs and cicadas with long poles.
It later belonged to the inventor of mignardises, a small petit four. His son, Sauveur Mignard, remodelled it. In 1858, it was purchased by Émile Rigaud (1824-1890), who served as the Mayor of Aix-en-Provence from 1849 to 1863.
It still belongs to one of Émile Rigaud's descendants, Sabine Sechiari, who founded the non-profit organization Association des bastides et des jardins de Provence et du Sud-Est (English: "Association of bastides and gardens of Provence"). It has received funding for its restoration from Vieilles Maisons Françaises, a non-profit organization for the restoration of old buildings in France.
- Dannery Letizia, Les Sechiari, L'Express, 14/11/2002
- Dominique Auzias, Jean-Paul Labourdette, Aix-en-Provence, Le Petit Futé, 2013 
- Aix-en-Provence official website Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
- Charles de Ribbe, Pascalis : Étude sur la fin de la Constitution provençale, 1787-1790,Dentu, 1854, p. 256
- Martin Garrett, Provence: A Cultural History, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 107 
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