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Diane de Poitiers

Subject: History

 (1499–1566) French royal mistress during Henri II’s reign (1547–59), daughter of the comte de Saint-Vallier, himself a bibliophile. Her library remained with the Vendôme family ...

Anet, Château d'

Anet, Château d'   Reference library

Patrick Taylor

The Oxford Companion to the Garden

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Society and culture, Lifestyle, Home, and garden, Art & Architecture
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...Anet, Eure-et-Loire, France, built between 1547 and 1552 for Diane de Poitiers to the designs of Philibert de L'Orme —one of the finest French Renaissance buildings. De L'Orme also designed an orangery overlooking its own walled garden. Nothing survives of this, and only fragments of the other gardens seen in Du Cerceau 's engraving—a magnificent ensemble of ornate parterres in a galleried enclosure to the north of the chateau. Later in the 16th century the earliest known parterre de broderie was designed for Anet by Claude Mollet ( see Mollet,...