Craft made Festival

Stand avec artisans d'art de la marque Vendôme : mobilier, chaises, tableaux, rideauxStand avec artisans d'art de la marque Vendôme : mobilier, chaises, tableaux, rideaux
©Salon de Fretay|Vendôme Tourisme

5th edition

41 exhibitors demonstrating on their booth in the park of Fretay Castle

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2024 ! 

Price : 3€


A craftsman’s feast created by a cabinetmaker

Marie-Hélène Poisson is part of a family of cabinetmakers.

She grew up, like her father, in the family cabinetmaking workshop created by her grandfather.

From an early age, she contemplated the wonders of the Great Century, glues, scales and burins.

As a child, at the age when little girls usually play with dolls, Marie-Hélène already has fun making wooden wheelbarrows.

At the age of fifteen, she made a marquetry box of her composition to present her application to the Boulle school.

Following in the footsteps of her father who specialized in Boulle marquetry and works for museums and antique dealers, Marie-Hélène endeavours to perpetuate a centuries-old know-how, witness of the Great Century of Louis XIV. Today it is his daughter who is preparing to take over, thus being the 4th generation!

Installed for 4 years in the Castle of Fretay (Loir-et-Cher), she wanted to create in 2020 an event dedicated to the know-how of excellence in French.

Edition 2024

  • 41 craftspeople (a nod to the département) all demonstrating their skills: lacquerers, markers, sculptors, gilders, heralds, etc.
  • A guest of honour: to be discovered soon
  • The antique dealers’ square : sunday
  • A visit to the extraordinary kitchen garden
  • A candlelit dinner on Saturday evening in front of the château, by prior arrangement (
  • And many other surprises…


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