Bagatelle: A Princely Residence in Paris
Presented by Nicolas Cattelain
Moderated by Curt DiCamillo
In 1775, the Comte d’Artois, the future King Charles X, purchased the Bagatelle estate in the Bois de Boulogne on the outskirts of Paris. The sumptuous château he constructed there—designed by François-Joseph Bélanger and modeled on a neo-Palladian villa—along with its picturesque gardens was lauded by important European and American visitors, including Thomas Jefferson.
Spared by the revolution, Bagatelle became the setting for many important moments in European history. Acquired by the city of Paris in 1905, the 59-acre park, with its magnificent rose garden, was carefully maintained, but it wasn’t until 2020 that the chateau was restored to its former glory.
Using spectacular new photography that was commissioned for his 2023 book Bagatelle: A Princely Residence in Paris, author Nicolas Cattelain will take us on a luscious tour of the chateau and its fabulous history.
Philanthropist and art collector Nicolas Cattelain worked in finance before dedicating himself to art, history, and heritage. He is involved with many international museums and is chairman of the Fondation du Château de Bagatelle.