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Not to be missed: the Biencourt room

Azay-le-Rideau would have been forever lost if it had not been bought by a family of aesthetes. The Marquis of Biencourt not only renovated the Château but also embellished it throughout. Fully restored, the Biencourt room bears testimony to skills and knowledge in the 19th century.

Over a period spanning more than a century, the successive Marquis of Biencourt carefully and lovingly restored and furnished the château. As art enthusiasts and keen collectors, they furnished the residence with its greatest finery, and in the 19th century its interior was sumptuous. This room has partially retained its Neo-Renaissance decor, with its painted-joist ceiling and an impressive fireplace as centrepiece. The different Biencourt generations lavishly furnished it, but the last member of the family was unfortunately forced to part with all his belongings.
Today, the Marquis de Biencourt room has been restored to its former glory thanks to a partnership between the French Centre for National Monuments and the Mobilier National. Over 80 pieces of furniture, objets d’art and other items have been placed in the room alongside items that once belonged to the Biencourt family and a collection of Renaissance portraits. Some furniture has been specially restored, while other pieces have been specifically made to measure such as the velvet curtains decorated with fleur-de-lis by the Gobelins Manufacture. The result is striking, as though the château was lived in once again. 
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