© William Curtis Rolf

Stables at the Château de Dampierre (Yvelines)

Visible from the château's forecourt through a gallery of arcades, the stables were decorated following the 18th century fashion of horse protomes and deer carved in the round. The sculptor Lier surrounded the neck of the animals with a kind of drape. This iconography glorifying hunting with hounds, which was a long-standing tradition in these areas, inspired by the carved horse head usually seen over many stable entrances and of the trophies of deer which had been used to decorate the interiors of these buildings.