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Jacques Garcia: Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille [Hardcover]

Alain Stella , Eric Sander
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25 Nov 2013
Famous not only for his passion for antiquities but also for his much-lauded and internationally famous interior design work, Jacques Garcia purchased the imposing Château du Champ de Bataille twenty years ago in a state of virtual ruin and lovingly restored it to its former splendor. The chateau is now a treasure house of seventeenth and eighteenth century architecture, furniture, and garden design, to which Garcia brought his considerable expertise gained from numerous restoration projects including rooms at Versailles and the Louvre. Every detailfrom the library with its collection of priceless books, to the grand dining room with its rare collection of Sèvres porcelain, to the hall of taxidermyhas been carefully studied and interpreted through the prism of Jacques Garcias extraordinary eye and inimitable style. This superbly illustrated volume, documents the meticulous research and epic restoration undertaken by Jacques Garcia. Informed by history and imbued with the exquisite beauty of the château and its priceless collection of paintings, sculptures, porcelain, silver, and furniture, Garcias masterpiece will be a revelation to specialists on French art and a delight and inspiration to anyone interested in interior decoration and restoration.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (25 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080201697
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080201690
  • Product Dimensions: 35.3 x 27.7 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One, big, single book about a chateau, it's interior decoration and it's gardens. With litle text and many one-page and double page pictures.

The book is about the result of twenty years restoring and decorating chateau du Champ de Bastaille, owned and done by Jacques Garcia (and his team). Don't expect before and after pictures or many words on the history of the chateau. It's the current result that counts. And that result is breathtaking. On the outside the castle looks sober and rigorous, from the inside the rooms shown are opulent decorated in Louis XIV, -XV and XVI's style and some in the empire style. One garden house is done in a Indian style.

Since mister Garcia is a decorator by profession, the styling of the rooms is done with some theatrical effect, but he never exaggerates. It seems not his purpose to style the rooms in a historical context. The French chateaux that still exist with original interiors do not let such opulence seen, not even that of the higher nobility (with the obvious exception of the royal house).
Not only his style evokes admiration. It makes you also wonder how it is possible that someone without a Facebook fortune is getting it done to get all those precious original 17 and 18th century objects, furniture and paintings. A standing ovation is appropriate.

That certainly applies to the photographer who has made ​​great pictures. Nowhere is it overdone. And thank God no unnecessary pictures of cats or flower pots to emphasize the atmosphere (often seen in other books about chateaux). The detail photos shown are form objects or area's that are also shown from a distance perspective. Why one room is getting more pictorial attention than the other, is not clear.
Five stars for the pictures. A small minus is the limited information about the objects and furniture shown. Hence 4 in total stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Big One! 22 Aug 2014
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I am sometimes cautious with authors' reviews because of a sense that their friends have been busy ... and not every single residence deserves an entire book (Howard Slatkin should take note of this - Howard, it's only a flat!).

But rest assured - this is the most sumptuous, most successful, most beautiful and admirable book you will probably ever access or purchase. I love that Garcia is self-made. The chateau was not just waiting for him to move in - it has been a struggle and an extraordinary financial investment and the results are breathtaking.

I particularly like the parts of the chateau that are not French - the Armory is far-eastern and turkish, the pavilion near eastern and indian. Marvellous comparisons with Pierre Loti etc.

Don't hesitate ... buy, and buy more copies for your more tasteful friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous 24 Feb 2014
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What an amazing book ,,,, I will never live in a house this ever but looking through these wonderful pages allows me to dream ,,,, thank you Mr Garcia ,,,,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 23 Jun 2014
By MGS49 - Published on Amazon.com
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Just what we were looking for. Using it to work with a new client. Hope they will like what we find.
3.0 out of 5 stars A lesson of clasicism 17 Jun 2014
By iker sarasqueta - Published on Amazon.com
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A great lesson of clasicism and nice photography. I would love to find some plans to unferstand better the spaces.
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate 7 Jun 2014
By Tyler Cobb - Published on Amazon.com
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A must for any design affecianados library! Jaques Garcia's passion for this home is borne out on every page. Truely amazing..!
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional in every aspect front the layout to superior photography to an interesting 16 Aug 2014
By Barbara Loudon - Published on Amazon.com
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The most well done interior design book ever! Exceptional in every aspect front the layout to superior photography to an interesting, historical text...the finest book in my design library. Well done..don't miss this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Sep 2014
By De Dee - Published on Amazon.com
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Best book i've ever had! Seriously!!!!!
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