Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Château de Farceaux - Le Couteulx de Canteleu

Château de Farceaux, near Andelys

Arms: D'argent au chevron de gueules, accompagné de trois trèfles de sinople
C2, 122 X 82 mm, early XIXth c.
.GMN-L1607

This bookplate belonged most probably to Jean-Barthélémy Le Couteulx de Canteleu (1746-1818), Comte de Fresnelles.

He was the son of Barthélémy Thomas Le Couteulx de La Noraye (1714-1791), Seigneur of Farceaux and Suzey, conseiller at the Parlement of Rouen (1739), and Marie Catherine Garnier, dau. of a rich merchant Philippe Garnier.
His grandfather Barthélémy Le Couteulx (1695-1757) from the city of Rouen was given lettres de noblesse in 1756.
He married 1stly, his cousin Anne le Couteulx de Verclives and after her death, Catherine Formont-Cleroude de Sermontot.
A Free Mason and a rich merchant, Jean-Barthélémy bought the Castle of Cateleu and was elected député du Tiers-Etat to the revolutionary parliament (États Généraux) in April 1789 representing Rouen. However, like many others, during the Terror he was imprisoned for two years.
Close to the First Consul General Napoleon Bonaparte he was appointed «regent» of the Banque de France (1800-1804).
Napoleon created him Comte de Fresnelles in 1808 and at the Restoration he was created Comte Le Couteulx de Canteleu (1817). He was one of the Empire dignitaries to attend the marriage of the new Emperor Napoleon with Marie-Louise of Austria, at Notre-Dame Cathedral.

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