I'm posting just a few more pictures I took at the Château de Cheverny several years ago. According to the Cadogan Loire guidebook, Cheverny is the local château that possesses the finest collection of artwork — including sculpture, painting, and tapestries.
The Vibraye family, descendants of the 17th century owner-builders of the château, still live here, in their private apartments. The visitors' tour, self-guided, encompasses several rooms on two levels, which are a sort of fine arts museum.
It's nice that you can take photos at Cheverny. Some châteaus ban photography, and most don't want you to use your flash. With some patience, and without a flash, it's still possible to photograph a lot of the artwork in a château like Cheverny. It helps to be there on a sunny day, with light streaming in through the windows. (You can click the pictures on this blog to see them at a larger size.)
Cheverny is small enough that it isn't overwhelming. There are maybe a dozen rooms you can see, and each one is beautifully furnished. The Michelin guide describes the interior as « un éblouissant décor de sculptures, dorures, marbres, lambris polychromes, tableaux et meubles somptueux. » — a dazzling decor of sculpture, gold, marble, polychrome ceilings, painting and gorgeous furniture.
One of the finest rooms at Cheverny is the Chambre du Roi — the King's Chambers. It's ironic that no French king ever spent a night in the château. Maybe Henri IV would have, but he was assassinated by a so-called madman in 1610, when the construction project was just getting under way.