Saturday, 28 March 2015

VDP hors les murs: le château de l'Eglantine

Château de l'Eglantine Jouy en Josas
For a few days and exceptionally, VDP is taking you out of Versailles! Not far away mind you: the little town of Jouy-en-Josas is a mere three miles South of the city limits and is part of Versailles Grand Parc grouping of local authorities. This is Sweetbriar castle. It was built towards the very end of the XIXth century and houses the Toile de Jouy museum which VDP visited for the first time a couple of weeks ago! It so happens that 2015 is the bicentenary of the death of Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf, the genious who founded the royal manufacture of Jouy fabrics in 1759! Below are two interesting paintings exhibited inside the museum.

Pour quelques jours, exceptionnellement, VDP vous emmène hors de Versailles. Pas très loin remarquez, puisque la jolie petite ville de Jouy-en-Josas se trouve à cinq kilomètres au Sud de la limite de Versailles et fait partie de la communauté d'agglomération de Versailles Grand Parc. Voici le château de l'Eglantine, construit à la toute fin du XIXè siècle. Il abrite le musée de la toile de Jouy que VDP a visité pour la première fois il y a une quinzaine de jours. En effet, 2015 est l'année du bicentenaire de la mort de son génial fondateur, Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf qui fonda la manufacture royale en 1759 !Ci-dessous, deux intéressantes peintures exposées dans le musée.
Toile de Jouy manufacture in 1807 by Huet
View of the Toile de Jouy manufacture in 1807 during a visit of emperor Napoléon I (pictured on the bottom far right) by Jean-Baptiste Huet. Next to nothing remains of the place! What is interesting here is seeing the plants cultivated for tinctures!

Vue de la manufacture en 1807 lors d'une visite de Napoléon I, visible à droite, par Jean-Baptiste Huet. Ce qui est intéressant ici, ce sont ces plantations destinées aux teintures !
Oberkampf and his children Boilly
Oberkampf and his children, 1803, after Léopold Boilly. Sorry this one is a bit blurred!

Oberkampf et ses enfants, 1803, d'après Léopold Boilly. Désolée, celle-ci est un peu floue !

19 comments:

Michelle said...

Almost seems rather fairy tale-like.

Kate said...

Enjoy all three photos but the top photo is stunning. Love the composition and the lush spot of color of the blossom.

Kay said...

I agree with Kate. The bright pink (ornamental cabbage?) is a nice additional focal point. Thanks for taking us along!

Randy said...

The flower really makes the shot.

Sharon Anck said...

That landscape painting blew me away. It's gorgeous. I love all the colors in the fields they are working.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Tres belle composition first shot Ciel, beautifully captured. The Toile design has always been a favourite of mine.

Geoff Wilkinson said...

What a beautiful building, only in France, fabulous..

EG CameraGirl said...

Sweetbriar Castle is magnificent. Great place to show off those paintings.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

The first painting is fantastic and tells quite the story - I suppose all the colors are flowers used to make dyes? Fantastic!

VP said...

In 2002 we spent almost a month near rue Oberkampf without knowing who he was... Thank for explaining us!

William Kendall said...

I really like the look of Sweetbriar.

Birdman said...

Cinderella! Cinderella! You want no 'frog prince'.

Stuart said...

I have not (yet) visited there but my wife has been there several times to see textile-oriented shows. Her retirement passion is art textile.

Viera said...

Fantastic paintings in a beautiful building...Really it is worth to visiting it... Excellent photos...

RedPat said...

A lovely palace, Ciel!

Fotolosopher said...

Delightfully grand and elegante! How do you live with such historic artifacts without bursting with pride?

Fotolosopher said...

Hi Ciel. I promise that from heron out I'll see less of those whatchamacallit birds! :)

llandudnopictures said...

Quite 'dreamy' looking images!

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

J'apprends plein de choses grâce à toi !