Lot n° 18
2000 - 3000
Result with fees
: 2 318EUR
Jean-Baptiste MARECHAL (actif entre 1779 et 1824)
The folie Montigny of Montmartre
Pen and grey ink, grey wash and watercolor.
16,5 x 22 cm
Inscribed on the reverse side View of a house and garden / at the bottom of Montmartre on the side of Paris / belonging to Ms de Montigni / Drawn after nature in 1784 / by Maréchal / n° 976.
Now gone, the Folie Montigny was built on the site of the current n° 15 of the rue des Abbesses in Montmartre. The gardens extended southward to Pigalle. The rue Antoine was built on its former outbuildings.
Count Antoine Chartraire de Montigny (1748-1795), undertook the construction of this country residence in the 1770s. The land being too small, he bought all the surrounding properties, sometimes at an exorbitant price, in order to enlarge the park. The inhabitants then called the place the Folies Montigny. The old Chartraire de Montigny family was originally from Burgundy. Several members of the family held the office of treasurer in the region. A famous mansion in Dijon bears their name.
Folie Montigny was the subject of a legend in the 19th century. From 1846 onwards, the rumor of a treasure buried in its gardens was widely reported in the newspapers of the time. A certain Beuchot reported on his deathbed to the woman who was treating him, that he had helped the last abbess of Montmartre, Madame de Montmorency-Laval, to hide the abbey's wealth in a subterranean under the greenhouse of the Folie, in order to avoid the revolutionary confiscations.
Madame de Montmorency-Laval was guillotined in 1791, the Count of Montigny four years later. The old servant Beuchot kept the secret for almost fifty years.
The woman to whom he had confided waited until the land of the former folie became communal property, then deposited all her savings in order to carry out research. The treasure was never found.
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