October 11 – March 15, 2017
On the occasion of the reopening of the estate, visitors can rediscover the entirely restored ceiling by Le Brun in the Chambre des Muses. This ambitious six-month project, covering a surface area of 175 sq m., was finished on March 15, 2017. The central painting, The Triumph of Fidelity, has been replaced at the center of the ceiling. This painting was taken down last October to be restored on the floor of Nicolas Fouquet’s state room, where visitors to the château could observe the work in progress. The entirety of the €450,000 needed for the restoration has been financed by a generous American patron.
January – June / Individual and corporate sponsorship
The twelve clocks adorning the state rooms of Fouquet’s château are to be restored this summer by the studio of M. Fustier (Horloger de la Croix-Rousse, Lyon). These spring-loaded clocks, from the 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th century, were acquired over the years by the Sommier-Vogüé family and the Association of Friends of Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Restored in the workshop, they will be returned little by little during Summer 2017. The restoration of these clocks is possible thanks to the donation of generous sponsors, who have the chance to adopt the clock of their choice, for sums from €2,500 to €8,000 (before tax deduction).
Participatory sponsorship: April 10 – May 15. Restoration : May- June
Time stands still at Vaux-le-Vicomte: for the first time since the 19th century, the central clock commissioned by Alfred Sommier (great grandfather of Patrice de Vogüé) will no longer chime. In April, the château will launch a crowdfunding initiative to restore one of the pieces of the central mechanism which stopped working at the start of January this year. The clock will not only be restored but also modelled in 3D so that visitors will be able to see its inner workings.
February – April 2017
Facing up to all weather conditions since the 19th century, the majestic bronze statue which is the focal point of the views created by Le Nôtre in the gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte, is being restored from the month of February 2017. Sculpted by J.Tournois and cast by the Thiébaut brothers, this statue will be entirely re-gilded, to restore its original lustre. It represents Hercules at rest after his 11th labour, in the garden of Hesperides, and is twice as large as the original sculpture, by Lysippus (4th century BC). The €75,000 restoration, is made possible in its entirety by American patronage.
May – June 2017
Every year, the estate renews the flowerbeds visible from the state rooms of Nicolas Fouquet, to delight visitors of the château. This year for the first time, two companies will sponsor this original new composition, a fantastic decoration for the French-style gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte. Made up of the flowers in pink, white and blue, chosen by Cristina de Vogüé, the beds will also be fragrant, in particular with some superb Blue Fortunes (agastaches).