79, Chateau d’Ecouen, study of Le cheminee de la Victoire

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Inscribed, ‘CHIMNEY/CHATEAU D’ECOUEN’, pencil, 230x160mm.

The Château d’Ecouen was built by Jean Bullant (1515-1578) for the diplomat and art connoisseur Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567). The chimneypiece is in the Appartements du Roi on the first floor of the Chateau. It is built from marble, stone, and slate and was designed by Jean Bullant in the 1560s to contain a panel depicting an allegorical figure of Victory copied from a work by Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540) in the Gallery of François I at Fontainbleau. The panel had been presented to de Montmorency by Cardinal Farnese in 1557.

The Chateau, situated some 20 kilometres north of Paris, was in use as an orphanage in 1891. It is probable, therefore, that Mackintosh had friends in the vicinity whose presence caused him to visit the area and who helped him to gain access. The building now houses the Musée National de la Renaissance.

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