An inventory of his possessions includes musical scores and a pair of violins that were entrusted to the care of Vuillaume, one of Paris’s great luthiers; indeed, Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel, born only decades after the deaths of Vivaldi, Bach and Couperin, was a musician himself. He also owned all the materials necessary to the art of painting. Beyond that, an exploration of his lands and life’s work reveals hints of his passion for nature as well as for techniques and architecture, Asian curiosities and beautiful things of all kinds. The estate’s majestic pagodas, a tasteful blend of Mudéjar, Chinese, classical and Indian styles, serve as striking testimony of his love of the exotic and his open-minded spirit.
More so than a formal written biography, the relics of the cultivated life of Louis-Gaspard d’Estournel tell the story of an erudite, curious man of excellent taste and great learning, an enlightened individual who remained true to his nature throughout his life.