Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV
The Château de Champs-sur-Marne has been owned by a number of notable figures over the centuries. Madame de Pompadour rented the Château de Champs-sur-Marne from the Duke of La Vallière in 1757. She rented it for 12,000 livres per year and spent 200,000 livres in less than eighteen months to renovate the palace.
Madame de Pompadour was a mistress of King Louis XV and a powerful figure in French society. She used the Château de Champs-sur-Marne as a retreat from the court of Versailles. She hosted lavish parties and entertained guests of all ranks at the palace.
Madame de Pompadour died in 1764 and the Duke of La Vallière reclaimed the Château de Champs-sur-Marne. The palace was later owned by a number of other notable figures, including the Princess of Conti and Louis Cahen d'Anvers.
During the French Revolution, the palace was confiscated by the state and used as a hospital. After the Revolution, the palace was returned to its owners, but it was later sold to a banker named Louis Cahen d'Anvers.
In the early 20th century, Cahen d'Anvers restored the palace to its former glory. He also added a number of new features, such as a library and a music room. After Cahen d'Anvers' death in 1918, the Château de Champs-sur-Marne was donated to the French government and opened to the public as a museum.