3-14 January 2017 (except January 8)
THE CHŒUR RUGS AND LITURGICAL CLOTH OF GOLD ORNAMENTS
PRESENT OF CHARLES X, LOUIS PHILIPPE, AND NAPOLEON III
3-14 January 2017 (except January 8), will be on display in the nave of the Cathedral, the monumental carpet, almost 200 square meters, woven from 1825 to 1833 for the choir of our Lady by the famous Manufactory of the SOAP factory. Will be presented the rich liturgical clothing offered at the Cathedral in the 19th century by Charles X, Louis Philippe, and Napoleon III.
Among the unsung treasures kept at Notre Dame is the first this rug to the impressive setting. When in 2014, the large carpet SOAP of the choir of Notre-Dame was exposed in the nave, no one could see or admire since almost thirty years, this lavish weaving whose exact origin was forgotten, to some referring to the 'carpet of the sacred [Napoleon I, 1804]', others doubting even that it is still kept at Notre Dame. His presentation was an event that is renewed this year.
Its rare decoration with its strong religious symbolism, its exceptional dimensions, nearly 200 m2, make one of the most remarkable parts of the famous Manufactory of the SOAP factory. Ordered in 1825, the first year of the reign of Charles X, the carpet will be offered at Notre Dame by Louis-Philippe, on the occasion of baptism in 1841 of his grandson, the comte de Paris. The King of the French was that accomplish a decision taken by the last King of France. 1838 birth of the prince had been marked by a royal grant not less prestigious: a "complete ornament in cloth of gold", set of liturgical vestments. A similar ornament was acquired by the Cathedral a few years previously in 1825 through the largesse of Charles X shortly after his coronation, offered another a few years later in 1856 by Napoleon III for the baptism of his son, the Prince imperial.
This carpet and these liturgical vestments are associated with all the great moments of the Cathedral in the 19th and 20th centuriesliturgical ceremonies to the highlights of the history of France celebrated in Notre Dame, under the restoration, the monarchy of July, the Second Empire, the successive republics.
This carpet is again unveiled to the public through a partnership between the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, the DRAC island-of-France and the Mobilier national.
Free access, to the opening of the Cathedral.
The Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris dedicates this exhibition
in memory of Madame Chantal Gastinel-Coural,.
Honorary Advisor of the national furniture.
Through its research, by his sympathetic collaboration,.
She was one of the key architects without whom these presentations of 2014 and 2017
the carpet of the chorus and cloth of gold ornaments
could not take place.
The Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris wishes to thank:
The Regional conservation of Historical Monuments, DRAC island-of-France
for conservation work carried out on the carpet.
The National furniture
for putting at disposal of its archives and collections.
Madam Chantal Gastinel-Coural
Honorary Advisor of the national furniture
for his research work and his benevolent cooperation.
Them National Palace of Compiègne museums and field
the Matt Denon living museum
the Ingres in Montauban Museum
companies Lelièvre, Tassinari Chatel in Lyon and Paris &
Mr Bernard Tassinari
the parish Saint-Germain - l'Auxerrois in Paris
them Historical archives of the diocese of Paris
for the providing of their archives and collections.
Monsignor Patrick Chambers
Rector-Archpriest of Notre Dame de Paris
general manager of Notre Dame de Paris