One of the wonderful moments of our visit to the Château de Cinq Mars, was that we were invited into their atelier, after I commented on all the artist's brushes in the window as we walked past. The owner, dressed in jeans, a dapper shirt and an orange bow tie, was in the middle of gardening when we arrived. But he was more than happy to show us his father's studio. Nicolas Untersteller, who originally bought the château in 1957, was a well-known fine artist in his day, wining the prestigious Prix de Rome when he was a student at the Beaux Arts in Paris. We were particularly taken with the etching press and he encouraged us to handle it.