International Friends of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (FR) A Project of C | KBFUS Funds

Become a Friend of this masterpiece of the French 17th century, and become an ambassador of this exceptional historic site.

The International Friends of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a charitable fund set up in February 2012.


  • To restore, preserve and maintain the Estate of Vaux-le-Vicomte, an architectural and landscape masterpiece from the 17th century, in order to transmit it to the future generations.
  • To provide access, understanding, and enjoyment of the Estate to the public through special exhibitions, publications, education, research, and public programs of the highest caliber.
  • To collect, study, conserve, and presents significant works of art of the 17th century in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.

This statement of purpose has guided the château for over 47 years, since Count Patrice de Vogüé, current owner, transformed the family home into a museum open to the public in 1968.


The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a French masterpiece of architecture, decorative arts and landscape design from the 17th century. It is located in Maincy, 35 miles southeast of Paris. It was built from 1641 to 1661 by the best artists of the time: the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun and the landscape designer André Le Nôtre. They have been gathered together by Nicolas Fouquet (1615-1680), Superintendant of Finances under Louis XIV, great patron of the arts and collector.

It forms a unique ensemble of 1200 acres which greatest strength is its exceptional harmony and perfect proportions between the chateau, the garden and the park. Since 1661, the estate of Vaux-le-Vicomte has provided inspiration for royal gardens and palaces in Europe such as the chateau de Versailles, Schönbrunn or Het Loo, and still continues today.

As the organization entrusted with the responsibility of caring for this masterpiece of the Grand Siècle, our work is founded on the belief that professional management and private philanthropy are key to ensuring that VLV and its essential purpose endure.

Today, Vaux-le-Vicomte is the largest privately owned estate in France. Since 2012, the fifth generation of the Sommier-Vogüé family continues its stewardship.


will sustain not only the château, gardens and collection of decorative art, but also the values that make Vaux-le-Vicomte unique: the boldness to undertake grand projects, the spirit of collaboration required to achieve a masterpiece, the quest for harmony between what is man-made and nature, the deep sense of stewardship from one generation to the next.

I personally express my sincere and warmest gratitude for your support!
Alexandre de Vogüé

Alternative ways to give:

For gifts by check: Address your check to KBFUS, write "International Friends of Château de Vaux le Vicomte" in the memo section of the check, and mail it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: or phone (212) 713 7660.