The Constable Anne de Montmorency, a brilliant patron of the arts, had his château d'Ecouen, built around 1538 by the architect Jean Bullant, fitted out and commissioned Masseot Abaquesne to create the pavements.
Two panels in the Chantilly Museum represent:
- The Sacrifice of Marcus Curtius dated "A Rouen 1542".
- The heroism of Mucius Curtius.
These two panels were in the sacristy of the chapel of the Château d'Ecouen.
Other tiles covered the floor of the Galerie de Psyché in the west wing of the château. In particular, a heraldic pavement composed of four motifs with the arms of the Constable and his wife Madeleine de Savoie.
Another pavement adorned the eastern gallery which was destroyed in the 18th century. Its composition is more original and represents circular motifs enclosing compositions of arabesques, flowers, busts of winged women called "à la tétonnière".
We have here 3 tiles which come from the castle of Ecouen, 2 come from the gallery of Psyche in Ecouen and represent:
- For the first, a gauntlet holding the sword of the Constable Anne de Montmorency and part of the initials "A M"
- For the second, a fleur de lys on a blue background.
- The third tile comes from the eastern gallery of the Château d'Ecouen and represents a flower and a bust of a winged woman known as "à la tétonnière".
These polychrome tiles of great fire, were made around the years
1549- 1551. The warm and bright polychromy of the colors attests to a perfect mastery of metal oxides and their firing and make these tiles superb evidence of the French Renaissance.
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