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Abbey Palace of Royaumont, near Chantilly, France



Media TitleAbbey Palace of Royaumont, near Chantilly, France
Media NotesAbbey Palace of Royaumont near Chantilly, is a late 18th-century mansion designed by Louis Le Masson for the Abbot of Royaumont, Henri Eléonore Le Cornut de Balivière, chaplain of Louis XVI. The actual abbey was destroyed in the French Revolution, but the Abbey Palace survived.

The mansion changed hands until it was eventually bought by Baron and Baroness Eugène Fould-Springer in 1923. Their grandson Nathaniel de Rothschild immediately set out to restore the "magnificent property" and give it a "soul."

The Fould-Springers carefully selected works of art, furniture, lighting, clocks and ceramics that reflected the stately beauty of the house.

Although Abbey Palace hasn't been regularly lived in by the descendants of Baron and Baroness Fould-Springer since the late 1980s, it remains a pride of the family. Rothschild says in the Christies auction catalogue, that he long looked for the best way of preserving the integrity of the property, a solution that he has now found. It is to become a high-quality seminar centre. This requires modernisation and, as a result, the contents of the Abbey Palace were sold at auction in September 2011 raising over €7M.

This video was produced by Christies as part of a guide to the contents of the house.
Owner/SourceSupplied and reproduced by permission © Christies, California.
DateUpdated 6 August 2013
Linked toBaron Élie Robert de Rothschild; Living; Eugène Charles Joachim Fould; Hélène Fould-Springer; Liliane Elisabeth Victoire Fould-Springer; Baron Max Fould-Springer; Thérèse Carmen Fould-Springer; Marie Cécile von Springer

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