Exterior View, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

About the Museum


Interior View, Château Vaux le Vicomte
Interior View, Château Vaux le Vicomte
© Yann Piriou

Interior View, Château Vaux le Vicomte

Exterior View, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Guillaume Crochez

Exterior View, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Interior View, Château Vaux le Vicomte
© Yann Piriou

Interior View, Château Vaux le Vicomte

Interior View, Château Vaux le Vicomte
© Béatrice Lécuyer Bibal

Interior View, Château Vaux le Vicomte

The magnificent Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte was constructed from 1658 to 1661 for Nicolas Fouquet, the superintendent of finances for Louis XIV. Set in the French countryside near Fontainebleau, southeast of Paris, the château is surrounded by a moat and spectacular formal gardens. It was the first major collaboration between the architect Louis Le Vau, the landscape architect André Le Nôtre, and the decorator and painter Charles Le Brun. All three would go on to work on the design of Louis XIV’s renowned Palace of Versailles. A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, it is the largest private château in France and houses a collection of Baroque decorative arts, furniture, frescoes, busts and tapestries.

Collection Highlights


Lyre pendulum

Charles Le Brun

Portière des Renommées tapestry

Jean-Antoine Houdon

Jean de La Fontaine bust
Eighteenth-century ebony cabinet
Seventeenth-century walnut burl cabinet
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte: Collection Highlights
Lyre pendulum
Photo © Guillaume Crochez

Charles Le Brun

Portière des Renommées tapestry
Photo © Guillaume Crochez

Jean-Antoine Houdon

Jean de La Fontaine bust
Photo © Guillaume Crochez
Eighteenth-century ebony cabinet , 18th century
Photo © Guillaume Crochez
Seventeenth-century walnut burl cabinet, 17th century
© Vaux-le-Vicomte
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