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The French Country House

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The French Country House by Christiane De Nicolay-Mazery and Bernard Touillon
Perusing the pages of this book reveals a distinct difference between the French country house and those of its UK counterparts. Perhaps the difference results from a different perspective of the photographers; but what we see here is not the manorial splendor of the very wealthy. Rather, we see large houses that often suggest “shabby chic” with a faded splendor, houses that are still used as dwellings rather than showpieces. Dusty attics and peeling wallpaper alternate with silken tassels, family portraits and ornate decorative plasterwork. Of special interest to those of us in the “horsey set” is the chapter on Le Mesnil, home of champion racehorses. The large color photos render exquisite detail, and the text is minimal, each estate having only three or four pages to give its history and notable points. Hardcover, 192 pp.

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