Rigny-Ussé Travel Guide

  • Chateau Usse
    Chateau Usse
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  • Chapel at Chateau Usse
    Chapel at Chateau Usse
    by Herkbert
  • Chateau Usse
    Chateau Usse
    by Herkbert

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    by hquittner Written Mar 1, 2009

    On entering the fine vaulting is recognized. The single chamber has a wood rood screen partition which is the back of the 16C carved wood choir stalls. (Six canons were installed when it was finished). The carvings are quite beautiful. On the south side is a Gothic chapel which contains a Madonna and Child by Luca della Robbia.

    Interior of Chapel to East Choir Stalls Entry to Gothic side chapel Madonna and Child (L. della Robbia)
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    by hquittner Written Mar 1, 2009

    The chapel was built between 1520-38 by Charles d'Espinay, whose father, who was Louis XI's chamberlain,bought the chateau from the original de Bueil family. It is done in late Gothic style with many Renaissance flourishes and sits apart from the chateau. It is 4 bays in length with pedant pointed arch vaulting. The West portal is Renaissance with its buttresses topped by carved candelabrae. Its tympanum is a decorative shell. Above is a pointed double window covered by elaborate figuration. Most significant are jamb extensions along the inner sides of the buttresses where medallions contain projecting figures of the Apostles looking out at us. (This was a recent Italian innovation).

    Upward View of Apostles on Portal Jambs Distant View of Chapel West Facade of Chapel Upper Portal Detail
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    by hquittner Written Mar 1, 2009

    There are hourly tours (in French) of selected rooms (45 minutes long) that form a sort of museum of the period - decorations and fixtures (paper translations into some other languages are provided). Other rooms are the family residence. The room called the Antechamber is large and has a copy of Veronese's "Wedding at Cana" on one wall. On the next side is a 17C Italian secretary-cabinet of ebony with ivory inlay. Downstairs the Guardroom has been redone with a 17C trompe l'oeil ceiling simulating marble. The main staircase has a beautiful wrought-iron banister and landing. At its base is an 18C Sedan chair. There are several fine and interesting Tapestries (we illustrate one of the 18C from Brussels from a cartoon by Teniers, the younger). Other rooms have fine examples of period furniture. There is a King's Room, but no monarch ever visited.

    The Antecamber The Grand Staircase The Guardroom 18C Brussels Tapestry (after Teniers) Another Room of Antique Furniture
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