By James Nicholls, JN Investment art
We work closely with interior designers and décor magazines but it is an absolute pleasure to be associated with the internationally famous Jacques Garcia.
For his Château du Champ-de-Bataille in Normandy, Jacques acquired the exceptional painting from our own personal collection; Louis XV1 and Marie Antionette’s eldest son the Dauphin, Louis Joseph (by Dagoty) who died of tuberculosis in 1789, prior to the imprisonment of the royal family. The painting is the key focus point, surrounded by portraits of the royal family in the Salon de Compagnie.
Jacques Garcia, is the interior architect for the Hôtel Costes in Paris and Costes restaurants, the Hôtel Majestic and the restaurant Fouquet’s, the Tour Montparnasse in Paris, Le Méridien hotels, and the Royal Monceau à Paris and the Hôtel Odéon Saint Germain in Paris.
He purchased and restored the Château du Champ-de-Bataille in Normandy and undertook to recreate and update the large French formal gardens.
The story of the painting – Dauphin, Louis Joseph (by Dagoty)
Jacqueline, my elegant French mother-in-law, walked into our apartment that we had in Central London a number of years ago, and saw this painting for the first time in the hallway entrance, was startled and exclaimed: “James this historic work does not belong in an apartment but a museum!” She believed people should enjoy the significance of such a work.
During the French revolution, the authorities sold practically all the contents of the Place of Versailles, in order to raise funds. Much was purchased by agents for aristocratic and wealthy collectors in England. Many such rare royal artworks, furniture and porcelain treasured items are to be found today in the stunning Wallace Collection town house museum in London.
This painting was also brought to England, and in 1995, was in private possession when we purchased it. Our first contact with Jacques was when he came to came to know of the painting and secured it for the Château du Champ-de-Bataille.
Jacqueline was truly delighted, as it is now prominently featured on display, for visitors from all over the world to enjoy.
The beautifully illustrated book; Vingtans de Passion – Château du Champ-de-Bataille is a real discovery for specialists in French art and a source of inspiration for all those who are passionate about interior design and art restoration.
Twenty years of passion, the Castle Battlefield
Majestically overlooking the rich lands of Normandy, Castle Battlefield owned by Jacques Garcia, is a real jewel of architecture, furniture and garden to the French seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Built by Count Alexandre de Créqui between 1653 and 1665, this magnificent castle was bought by Jacques Garcia there twenty years in very bad condition. It is with passion that he undertook the restoration of the castle to restore it to its former glory and make it his home.
The elegant rooms of the castle are provided with a priceless collection of paintings, sculptures, porcelain, silverware and furniture that many pieces from the collections of the Court of France. Vast and sumptuous gardens, probably designed by Le Nôtre and designed by Jacques Garcia and his friend Patrick Pottier, extend more than thirty-eight acres. A prodigious hydraulic system matching that of Versailles feeds magnificent fountains and ornamental ponds.
Classical temples, a theatre and ancient marble statues surprise and amaze visitors strolling along the aisles. Not far below, in private, stands the very secret pavilion of dreams, imagined and built by Jacques Garcia from authentic remains a veritable ode to Mughal India he loves.