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posted 05-19-2001 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Barbara   Click Here to Email Barbara     Edit/Delete Message
I want to find some information out about Montgeoffrey in the Loire Valley of France. I believe the family still lives in the castle, but have been unable to find out any additional information. This is for a French research project for school. I have posted a request under School Projects as well. Thank you!

posted 05-19-2001 02:51 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Sorry, I've found no new data for you. There seems to be a dearth of information on this chateau on the web, and the most informative mention of it (that I've found)is on the page linked below. http://www.frenchholiday.co.uk/visit.html
It's only necessary to post to one forum, we read them all, perhaps someone else can provide more data.

'Demeure par la verite'
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[This message has been edited by Gordon (edited 05-19-2001).]

posted 05-20-2001 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
The information I have is nearly 40 years old, but here it is;
Of the chateau built by the de la Grandiere family, to the east of Angers, all that remains are two round towers and a chapel in the flamboyant style. The property was aquired at the end of the 18thC. by Marshal de Contades, one of the military leaders of Louis XV reign, and governor of Alsace. Contades took on the Parisian architect Barre, who from 1773, built the main rectangular mass, flanked at both ends by wings at right angles. A pediment crowns the central pavilion which slightly projects from the main facade. This is sober and balanced, topped by high slate roofs.
Marshal de Contades furnished Montgeoffroy luxuriously. Paintings and Flemish tapistries decorate the walls. The suits of furniture remain untouched and still remain in the position the marshal placed them. the property in fact still belongs to his decendents. The chateau is an excellent example of French provincial architecture of the reign of Louis XVI.
The rooms contain canvases by Poussin, Van Loo, Desportes etc. One cannot but admire in the great drawing room the delicious portrait of a young child in fancy dress. It is a work of Drouais, and the model is none other than the young Herault de Sechelles, future member of the Convention, and later to be guillontined, whose mother, it is said, had a weakness for Marshal de Contades. "
I have not looked for further information, as this was close at hand.
Ciao ...... Peter

posted 05-20-2001 03:13 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Peter.

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