A few minutes away from Vaux le Vicomte, the château d’Aunoy offers one of the very first examples of the English Garden created in the 18th century. For its owner of the time, a famous lawyer at the Paris parliament, everything had to contribute, in this ‘house of the fields’ to the relaxation of the refined society that he hosted. Among the first visitors was the prince de Conti followed by the Duchess of Chartres – who both had a passion for the English Garden.
From the château, which was inspired by the hôtels particuliers ‘entre cour et jardin’, a style of edifice between courtyard and garden, to the grottos and the pavilions in the parc which were created as an expression of an idealized nature, Aunoy testifies to a unique and unequalled ‘art de vivre’ . The proof of this exceptional art of living at Aunoy is that this beautiful domain never ceased to inspire artists, especially during the 20th century: Bertrand Tavernier chose to set here some of the scenes of his film Que la Fête Commence while Helmut Newton uses it as the setting for of his troubling Sleepless Nights Series.
The renovation work started in the 1960’s by the decorator Emmanuel Motte and then taken on by M. and Mme Jacques Tapiau, is being continued by the present owner, for the restoration of the gardens and to highlight and bring out the exceptional beauty of the château. Continuing the work of his parents, Jean-Louis Tapiau has expertly brought back the magic of d’Aunoy in combining the preserved XVIIIth century décor, with iconic creations of Design. Sotheby’s proposes to share in this new ‘art de vivre’ by participating in the Online auction Château d’Aunoy which will begin on the 28th June.