Château de Champs-sur-Marne, Île de France

The château was closed to the public after a section of the plaster ceiling in the Salon Chinois collapsed on the night of 20 September 2006. 

The château was closed to the public after a section of the plaster ceiling in the Salon Chinois collapsed on the night of 20 September 2006. Due to the extent of the damage, caused by dry rot, the Regional Department for Cultural Affairs for the Ile de France, on behalf of the CMN, launched an extensive programme to restore the Château, overseen by the Chief Architect for Historical Monuments, Jacques Moulin.  

 

Plafond effondré du salon chinois

Collapsed ceiling in the Salon Chinois - Fallen canvas in the Salon Chinos/Photos: DR/CMN

 

The project primarily focused on the painted ceilings in the Salon Chinois, the monochrome boudoir (whose wall decorations dating from the 18th century are the most valuable pieces in the Château) and the smoking room.   

   

The assessment

Surveys carried out in 2007 after the ceiling in the Salon Chinois collapsed revealed that the floors and ceilings in the Salon and the smoking room on the ground floor and five rooms on the upper floor needed reinforcement.

Because some of these painted ceilings were dirty, and the ceiling in the Salon Chinois was particularly damaged, the decision was made to restore the paintings and the Chief Architect for Historic Monuments was urgently commissioned.

The work

The work in the Salon Chinois and the smoking room began with the repair of the plaster ceilings.  Once this was done, the restoration continued with the paintwork.

Repair of the ceilings and parquet flooring in the upper rooms - Photo: DR/CMN

 

The canvas (composed of several pieces) on the ceiling in the Salon Chinois was laid out in the Salon Ovale on the ground floor to be cleaned, restored (in particular the many tears) and repaired. Finishing touches were added once it had been refitted.

The marouflaged canvas on the ceiling in the monochrome boudoir (one single piece) was also taken down. The yellow stains were removed using a matt varnish and the entire canvas was cleaned and reinstalled before the finishing touches were applied. Remains of the former ceiling decoration, which had been revealed when the more recent canvas was removed, was taken down to be preserved.

Lastly, the painted ceiling in the smoking room, a pale yellow colour and not marouflaged, was also repaired. 

 

Boudoir camaïeu / château de Champs-sur-Marne

Monochrome bedroom/Château de Champs-sur-Marne - Photo: Christophe Bernard/CMN

 

In video 

> Restoration of the mural decorations at the Château de Champs-sur-Marne ("Heritage Crafts" collection)