World Monuments Fund (WMF) is thrilled to announce the inauguration of the restored interiors of the Chancellerie d'Orléans at the Hôtel de Rohan, French National Archives, Paris, France.
Built in the early eighteenth century by architect Germain Boffrand and redecorated in the 1760s by Charles de Wailly, the Chancellerie, famed townhouse or hôtel particulier, stood near the Palais-Royal before it was dismantled in 1923.
After the failure of several plans to reassemble its interiors in the late twentieth century, WMF, the French Ministry of Culture, and Banque de France launched a major collaboration to reinstall the Chancellerie in the Hôtel de Rohan, home to France's National Archives.
Over a period of eight years (2012–2020), the best craftsmen in France gradually brought the Chancellerie’s exceptional decor back to life. Today, the inauguration of the restored Chancellerie d'Orléans in the Hôtel de Rohan provides an exciting opportunity for these breathtaking interiors to be seen by the public for the first time since the early 1920s.
This project demonstrates the potential of cooperation between private and public institutions and individuals mutually motivated by the desire to preserve extraordinary creations from the past for future generations.
World Monuments Fund is grateful to the numerous donors who have supported Chancellerie d’Orléans, including The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust, The Selz Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.