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Private Houses of France


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A historical, cultural, and architectural journey through a dozen exquisite and refined privately-owned French chateaus and residences.

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Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery spent twenty-five years at the leading Parisian auction house, Hotel 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.


"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 chateaux 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 Chateau 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

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