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The Chancellerie d'Orléans

The rebirth of a masterpiece, the decoration of the Chancellerie d'Orléans

In the Salles des gardes at the Museum, with certain pieces on display in the Salle d'Assemblée.

Renaissance d'un chef-d'oeuvre : les décors de la Chancellerie d'Orléans du 12 au 20 septembre 2015The Chancellerie d'Orléans was built near the Palais Royal by Germain Boffrand, at the request of the future Regent, Philippe d'Orléans, and was remarkably decorated from an early stage. It was subsequently home to the Argenson family, before being renovated by Charles de Wailly in the second half of the 18th century, when it was considered as the most sumptuous private townhouse in Paris.

It was dismantled in the early 20th century, but its decors were conserved by the Banque de France, which became their owner. After having spent many years in storage, this extraordinary set of decorative objects will soon be reassembled on the ground floor of the Hôtel de Rohan, which forms part of the Archives Nationales quadrangle.



Affiche de l'exposition
Left: Augustin Pajou, Earth and Water, statues decorating the Chancellerie d'Orléans entrance porch, painted plaster
Right: Augustin Pajou, two putti, part of the decoration from a bedchamber at the Chancellerie d'Orléans, gilt plaster
Photos by Luc Marie Ithaque

The Archives Nationales is happy to present some of the most important decors in partnership with the Banque de France as part of the European Heritage Days.
After the exhibition, this sample of paintings, plaster reliefs, wood panelling, capitals, and consoles from the Chancellerie d'Orléans will remain on deposit at the Hôtel de Soubise to allow visitors to admire them until their transfer to the Hôtel de Rohan which is planned for 2022, when they will rediscover their former splendour.

Graphic design by © La Fabrique Créative
Photos © World Monuments Fund