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A historical, cultural, and architectural journey through a dozen exquisite and refined French châteaux and residences. A dozen aristocratic French families invite readers to experience their elegant lifestyle, from the royal stag hunting tradition of Louis XI and Louis XIII at the Château de Champchevrier to Hubert de Givenchy’s elegant Parisian townhouse imbued with grandeur and comfort in the style of Napoleon III. The featured houses, illustrated with specially commissioned photography, represent key periods of French decoration. The exquisite Renaissance architecture of Château d’Anet and its sumptuous interiors with great fireplaces, silk upholstered sofas, and soft lighting exude the notorious ardor between Henry II and Diane de Poitiers. The hidden sanctuary of a Parisian manor reveals a dignified library and a harmonious blend of antique and contemporary fabrics and sculptures. A grand salon with Versailles parquet is illuminated by a Louis XVI crystal and amethyst chandelier. Meticulously planned gardens beckon contemplation and dining tables replete with crystal and silver are a visual feast. From the architecture, garden designs, furniture, textiles, and art collections, these exclusive private homes are a rich source of interior design inspiration.

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“There are autumnal hunts in ancient French forests, and detail shots of tables set for celebratory dinners and intime lunches. The book''s photographs even seem to capture the weather and seasons in France--shooting on foggy mornings as well as bright summer afternoons. It’s a rich feast, delicious, and all captured in lavish, poetic photography. Beauty can be fleeting…but it lasts forever on the pages of this book. It’s all very personal and filled with fresh flowers, books, a sense of lives well lived. It’s also uplifting and full of discoveries. Highly recommended.” –The Style Saloniste

“A historical, cultural and architectural journey through a dozen exquisite and refined French châteaux and residences, Private Houses of France features a dozen aristocratic French families who invite readers to experience their elegant lifestyle, from the royal stag hunting tradition of Louis XI and Louis XIII at the Château de Champchevrier to Hubert de Givenchy''s elegant Parisian townhouse imbued with grandeur and comfort in the style of Napoleon III. The featured houses, illustrated with specially commissioned photography, represent key periods of French decoration.” – Editor at Large

“…author Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery''s books give readers an insider''s view of life in aristocratic French residences...the text in this book deals mostly with the history of each residence, although the author does delve into how the various aristocratic homeowners live in their luxurious abodes.  But it''s the book''s photos that might well send the reader into a reverie. In addition to large, overall room shots, there are plenty of detail photos as well, which capture the personal details that say so much about a home.” – Peak of Chic

About the Author

Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery spent twenty-five years at the leading Parisian auction house, Hôtel Drouot, before joining Christie’s France, where she is a board member. She has published many books, including Private Houses of Paris and French Interiors: The Art of Elegance. Francis Hammond is a renowned lifestyle photographer. His work has appeared in many international magazines, including Elle and Martha Stewart Living, and in books such as Historic Houses of Paris: Residences of the Ambassadors and Versailles: A Private Invitation.

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Sawyer
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The beautiful glossy cover lures you in but the pages in ...
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2016
The beautiful glossy cover lures you in but the pages in between are rather disappointing. There is a ton of "natural light" photography, which I find disappointing because it robs so many interiors of their patina and sheen; there are too many beautiful things... See more
The beautiful glossy cover lures you in but the pages in between are rather disappointing. There is a ton of "natural light" photography, which I find disappointing because it robs so many interiors of their patina and sheen; there are too many beautiful things trapped and sequestered in the shadows. The Givenchy spread was a let down. My heart sank when I saw the Green salon. I''ve seen it previously and it its sumptuous. But the spread was some 10 pages mostly filled with shadows and cavernous dark spots. The viewer is completely deprived of seeing how resplendent the salon is. The book, as one reviewer put it, is "fairly pedestrian". I would have been pissed if I had paid $85. For $56, I don''t feel so betrayed. Historic Houses of Paris is truly resplendent.
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Richard J. Collins
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Ehh!
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2016
Nice but not enough entries like the Givenchy salon on the cover. Most entries are fairly pedestrian. Domage.
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This is an incredible book! One of my favotires ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2015
This is an incredible book!One of my favotires. A true treasure!! Anyone who has ever even painted a wall should have this book. Thank you so much for all involved.
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Bayard B.
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A very worthwhile book. I''m glad I bought it.
Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2015
Very good book on a beautiful subject. Almost all the photos are in color; there a few period black & white shots of "the old days " to make life interesting. My only criticism is that are a great many photos of details such as drapes, furniture, paintings, and so... See more
Very good book on a beautiful subject. Almost all the photos are in color; there a few period black & white shots of "the old days " to make life interesting. My only criticism is that are a great many photos of details such as drapes, furniture, paintings, and so forth. Some people may want those, but I prefer photos of the overall rooms and staircases.
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Kathryn Boussemart
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A truly luxe book on the most elegant homes in France!
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2018
A book to daydream by.
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Thando367
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Two Stars
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2016
Underwhelming in photography and styling
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Javier Barrios
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A pretty remake of "The French Chateau"
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2014
Lovely book, resembles very much an earlier work by Nicolay Mazery -"The French Chateau"- including separate chapters on the French hunt, as un-chic as the English one. Likewise lots of pics of matronly chatelaines and hunters who really do add not anything to the book,... See more
Lovely book, resembles very much an earlier work by Nicolay Mazery -"The French Chateau"- including separate chapters on the French hunt, as un-chic as the English one. Likewise lots of pics of matronly chatelaines and hunters who really do add not anything to the book, nor are they particularly attractive on their own right. For pics of Baron de Rede and company, you''re better off getting "Cafe Society" by Coudert. The interiors run along the lines of eclectic historicism -lots of 16th, 17th century and Regence rooms, but less on the classic Louis XV-XVI styles that I prefer. Some of the houses, like Givenchy''s and Hotel Lambert have been photographed so often before, that this new selection pf pictures offers little new. Frankly a much better book by Flammarion is "Historic Houses of Paris" by Stella, with its superb selection of embassy pics. As for countryside chateaux, the book pasr excellenrce remains "The Splendors of France" -the modern publication of its type -and indeed, Nicolay-Mazery''s selection of homes is -aside from the Anne de Poitiers castle- a lesser one in quality. The truth is that, in trying to make life in French chateaux and hotels as palatable as that in their English counterparts, Nicolay Mazery has unwittingly perhaps underscored how inferior they are to English country houses -much better preserved and more grandiose, though not some much by virtue of their owners'' aesthetic commitments, as by reason of England''s more fortunate modern history, unmarred by wars, upheavals, etc. For English interiors see the new publication "The Drawing Room" with very grand interiors.
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Hoagy
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This book contains a collection of elegant french homesteads presented ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2014
This book contains a collection of elegant french homesteads presented in astounding photographs. In every individual situation it shows the history and the personal standards of the owner. This is a magnificent presentation of living and culture in France.
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An escapist''s delight, but with a message to convey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2015
This is a beautifully produced book with outstanding photos and first-class reproduction. It also has a brief, but interesting story to tell - about how the aristocratic style of decoration of the French 18th century has survived, thrived and been reinvented in the 21st...See more
This is a beautifully produced book with outstanding photos and first-class reproduction. It also has a brief, but interesting story to tell - about how the aristocratic style of decoration of the French 18th century has survived, thrived and been reinvented in the 21st century. Part of the story is about how these houses and, above all, their owners and descendants managed to salvage something of the beauty that existed in the period before the guillotine came crashing down. Hubert de Givenchy''s house in Paris doesn''t fit this narrative, as it is the creation of one man - a fashion genius - but it is perhaps the most beautiful and compelling of the interiors, not least because, in his inimitable style, he mixes the old and modern in an effortless way; it is an interior that seems all the more authentic, because it contains museum-quality pieces mixed with contemporary works, and looks like somewhere you could actually live. On the other hand, one could criticise the book as an escapist piece of coffee-table padding, with a text that subtly but powerfully celebrates a group of aristocrats who don''t appear to struggle to find the money to maintain their faded way of life, and who don''t seem to mix much with more ordinary people - such as the book''s readers. I think this would be unfair, however, and there is much of merit and interest to find in this book.
This is a beautifully produced book with outstanding photos and first-class reproduction. It also has a brief, but interesting story to tell - about how the aristocratic style of decoration of the French 18th century has survived, thrived and been reinvented in the 21st century. Part of the story is about how these houses and, above all, their owners and descendants managed to salvage something of the beauty that existed in the period before the guillotine came crashing down. Hubert de Givenchy''s house in Paris doesn''t fit this narrative, as it is the creation of one man - a fashion genius - but it is perhaps the most beautiful and compelling of the interiors, not least because, in his inimitable style, he mixes the old and modern in an effortless way; it is an interior that seems all the more authentic, because it contains museum-quality pieces mixed with contemporary works, and looks like somewhere you could actually live. On the other hand, one could criticise the book as an escapist piece of coffee-table padding, with a text that subtly but powerfully celebrates a group of aristocrats who don''t appear to struggle to find the money to maintain their faded way of life, and who don''t seem to mix much with more ordinary people - such as the book''s readers. I think this would be unfair, however, and there is much of merit and interest to find in this book.
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Dr. Andre Patricio
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A travel to Past Times
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2014
If one appreciate Great Houses, still functioning with the original families, and yet with an enormous and rich layout, this is one book one should read. It is also amazing for those of us who enjoy it, to make an interesting counterpoint with the superb British Country...See more
If one appreciate Great Houses, still functioning with the original families, and yet with an enormous and rich layout, this is one book one should read. It is also amazing for those of us who enjoy it, to make an interesting counterpoint with the superb British Country Houses known to many regarding their similarities and differences, both in architecture, decoration styles, grades, etc... An amazing book with stunning images. I do recommend it highly!
If one appreciate Great Houses, still functioning with the original families, and yet with an enormous and rich layout, this is one book one should read. It is also amazing for those of us who enjoy it, to make an interesting counterpoint with the superb British Country Houses known to many regarding their similarities and differences, both in architecture, decoration styles, grades, etc...
An amazing book with stunning images.
I do recommend it highly!
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Three Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2017
Nothing more, nothing less.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2017
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EXPOSICIÓN DONDE SE VEN CLARAMENTE ENTRE LAS INGLESAS Y LAS FRANCESAS.SON SUTILES Y MUY LIGADAS A LA HISTORIA DE LOS PAÍSES, ENREJADOS EN LAS VENTANAS MUCHA MACETA EN TIESTO.
EXPOSICIÓN DONDE SE VEN CLARAMENTE ENTRE LAS INGLESAS Y LAS FRANCESAS.SON SUTILES Y MUY LIGADAS A LA HISTORIA DE LOS PAÍSES, ENREJADOS EN LAS VENTANAS MUCHA MACETA EN TIESTO.
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Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online

Private Houses of France: new arrival Living with high quality History online