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Upholstery Workshop 2016


Date: September 4 to 11, 2016

Learn period upholstering skills from a French master.

Class size limited to 7 – Registration deadline June 30

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Grab your calendar. It’s time to schedule your unbelievable journey to the Burgundyregion of France! Have you dreamed of waking up in a chateau in wine country, ready for a day of learning, exploring, and of course, enjoying meals of delicious French cuisine and wine. Bring a friend and join us at the Chateau de Parthey.

We are excited to embark on this new adventure. Viollet le Duc discovered the Chateau de Parthey in the mid1800s and now it’s your turn. The chateau and grounds were transformed by le Violet le Duc, including a chapel he designed and

built from the stones of a medieval chapel hidden in the woods in ruins.

The Chateau de Parthey is listed on the Monuments Historiques in France. This September, Marie Christine Maitre de Tarragon is offering a hands-on course in period upholstery. MarieChristine is the current owner of the chateau, which has been her family’s home since 1354.

Learning the Art of Upholstery

Your instructor, Robert Carrette, is a professional upholsterer accredited by the French Guild of Upholsterers. He will focus on the period from 17901900 – Empire, Napoleon III and Victorian – and will discuss furniture styles, their history and the fabric used for each style. He will talk briefly about what we refer to as Haute Epoque , from the Middle Age with its remarquable tapestries to the 17th century.

You will spend five days learning hands-on skills, working on a piece of furniture provided for you. If you prefer, you may purchase one of the preselected pieces provided by antique dealers of Dijon. Your piece will be shipped home at the end of the week. The cost of purchasing furniture, fabric and shipping is not included in your fee. Instruction will be in French with translation provided by Marie Christine.


The final day, Saturday, will be spent touring the area. One stop will be at the BeauxArt museum in Dijon, second museum in France ,the Maison Magnin in Dijon decorated in pure 19th century , in the same taste and fashion of Violet le duc addition in the chateau.

Lodging & Meals

Arrive Sunday afternoon and leave the following Sunday morning, no later than 11 AM. You will stay at the chateau, which is still maintained as a private residence. Settle in on Sunday at 5pm over cocktails and discuss the week’s activities. All rooms at the chateau are double occupancy with shared bathroom. If you would prefer a room with attached bath, a room will be reserved for you at the B&B next door to the chateau.

You may arrive at the chateau after 4pm Sunday. If you arrive in the area earlier in the day, enjoy strolling the enchanting streets of Dole.

Meals will be served at the chateau. Breakfast will be fresh fruit from the garden and pastries from the chateau’s baker. Lunch will be basic fare in the chateau or a picnic on the grounds. Work ends around 5 pm and will be followed by cocktails and a dinner of excellent French cuisine prepared from local fresh produce. All meals are included in your fee, with one aperitif and one glass of wine per meal included.

Travel Details

If you fly into Paris, you can travel to Dole by train. From Gare de Lyon in Paris, the highspeed train (TGV) takes 2 hours 10 minutes, and costs about 55 euro. There is a train on Sunday that arrives around 5pm. Driving from Paris takes 4 hours 30 minutes on highway A6 and A39. Another option is to fly into Geneva, driving takes 2 hours . Transportation between the train station in Dole and the chateau is provided on arrival and departure.

Residents of most countries will need only a valid passport to enter France, although citizens of some countries are required to have entry visas. Be sure to check the visa requirements for your country of origin.

Join us at the chateau – Register today!

If you have any questions or would like to chat with Marie Christine or Michael, call 267 374 0446 or 864 384 2821 for details!

Middle Age Bridge near Le musee Courbet

CHATEAU CHALON in the middle of the Jura vinyard

View of Ornans, Gustave Courbet

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