VUES DU CHATEAU ET DU PARC DE BRIMBORION A SEVRES (Seine & Oise)
(Sèvres: (1875). This large album with original photographs of the Parc De Brimborion was made for Herrmann Oppenheim who acquired this estate along the Seine after the Franco-Prussian war. It had once been the property of Madame de Coislin, a mistress of Louis XV, who had employed Bellanger to develop the estate in the jardin anglais style. The property, not to be confused with Madame de Pompadour's nearby Pavillon Brimborion, was largely destroyed during the war of 1870 and acquired by the banker Oppenheim who rebuilt and restored it in its original fine Second Empire style. This , too was destroyed in the first half of the 20th century, but we are afforded a glimpse of its final existence as private property and garden by this 1875 album. There are 32 views of the property, each separately mounted on rectos, of which approximately 13 are views of the grounds, such as: "pelouse de la grille;" "arrivée par les rochers;" "grande pelouse ;" "escalier du jardin de l'orangerie;" jardin de l'orangerie;" "la vacherie dans le parc;" "kiosque de la grande pelouse," etc. There are also exterior views of the château, chapel, and chalet, and, also, interior views of formal rooms and photos of equestrian interest. A view of the approach to the chateau lined with rocky slopes attests to the fact that the land was once a quarry for the chateau de Bellevue on the hill above the estate. Today, what is left of the grounds and park is now open to the public. Large oblong album, 52 x 40 cm, with stiff card sheets bound on stubs; hand lettered title page with two colored initials + 32 mounted albumen photos ( 18.5 x 24 cm) each mounted on the recto of a separate sheet + 4 blank sheets.
Bound in heavy green cloth, stained, with quarter green gilt leather spine split more than half way along the upper spine edge; foxing to oversheets and, to lesser degree on photos and backing sheets; some photos faded; two card sheets loose. This is a very heavy album; postage will be charged at cost.
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