Make a donation to restore the railing and the gate of Château de Maisons.
Exposed to the elements ever since, the railing and gate of the cour d'honneur have greatly deteriorated with rust. Some decorative elements are at risk of breaking and coming undone: the garlands and serpent heads on the pilasters, ribbons, leaves, the crown and unicorns on the pediment.
The restoration of the gate will require taking it down and transporting it to a workshop where it will be completely disassembled, cleaned and serviced. The lost elements (tongues of some serpents on the pilasters, leaves decorations on the opening elements, leaves on laurels garlands of pilasters, roses on the volute cores of the pediment, leaves on the pediment…) will be restored. Everything will be painted and gilded then re-installed.
This remarkable gate comes from the Mailly-Raineval Château, in the Somme. It was a major work of the first half of the eighteenth century, and then threatened to “disappear in the resolute proscription and the destruction already begun of Mailly”, according to the words of Lucien Augé de Lassus, secretary of the Société des Amis des monuments parisiens at the end of the nineteenth century. This reuse, at Maisons-Laffitte, was therefore an undertaking cultural heritage safeguarding, that we owe to the finnish painter Wilhem Tilman Grommé, the owner of the castle at the time.
However much you donate, if you wish you can have your name (or the name of a person of your choice) listed on the donors page of the website.
> For all donations above €50, you will also receive 1 free entry ticket to the monument of your choice, from the 100 monuments managed by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
> For all donations above €100, you will also receive 2 free entry tickets to the monument of your choice, from the 100 monuments managed by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
> For all donations above €300, you will be invited, with the person of your choice, to the inauguration of the restoration of the railing and the gate at Château de Maisons.
> For all donations above €600, you will be invited, with the person of your choice, to attend a private demonstration at the restoration workshop.
> For all donations above €1,000, you will become a member of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux sponsors club and will be invited for one year, with the person of your choice, to our unique events all over France (Invitations to Monuments en mouvement, Monument en musique, exhibition previews, etc.).
*Our invitations do not include transport and accommodation.
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