The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations
 

The Grands Ateliers de France

Fine arts are a passion. In 2001, to celebrate the restoration of the Chateau de Pregny manege, Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild invited artisans from the Grands Ateliers de France to exhibit their most elegant creations. Presided over by exceptional patrons, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations pay homage to artisan traditions. Together with the Grands Ateliers de France, they share the ambition of placing ethics on the same plane as quality. In 2001, the newly-restored manege at the Chateau de Pregny served as the backdrop for an extraordinary exhibition by the Grands Ateliers de France.

The Grands Ateliers de France: the passion of artisanship

Founded in 1993 by Jean Bergeron, the association of the Grands Ateliers de France brings together artisans who share the same attention to quality and a true passion for art objects. Restorers and craftsmen perpetuate their art over several generations, working with wood, leather, glass, textiles, metal, stone and rare materials.

The association encompasses 44 highly-reputed workshops that represent a multitude of hand crafts. To maintain excellent quality, the association asks the artisans themselves to make the selection. They cast their votes by secret ballot, ensuring sincere picks. The Grands Ateliers de France encourages its members to draw upon their mutual esteem so that they may continue to perfect their artistry and craftsmanship.

>  The Grands Ateliers: www.grandsateliersdefrance.com/

The Foundations and the Pregny exhibition: unveiling the Grands Ateliers' cabinet of curiosity

In 2001, Ariane and Benjamin de Rothschild invited the Grands Ateliers de France to celebrate the restoration of the Chateau de Pregny manege by participating in an exhibition entitled “Precious Objects, Curious Objects, Rare Materials and Rare Professions.”

The manege thus embraced its new cultural vocation by housing the artisans and their works during the exhibition, allowing them to showcase their exceptional techniques and materials. This astounding cabinet of curiosity exemplifies the values shared by the Foundations and the Grands Ateliers: a passion for artisanal traditions and the desire to reserve and perfect them.

>  The Pregny exhibition: www.pregny2001.com/index.html