The Tapestry Room
This room, known as the Tapestry Room, leads you into a series of more private apartments which Edouard André and his wife reserved for their personal and business affairs. This room is the antechamber preceding their study. Its main characteristic is that it was adapted to the dimensions of the wall hangings that decorate it, which Edouard owned before the mansion was built.
These three tapestries were part of a series called “Russian Games”, woven at the Beauvais manufactory from sketches by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, a pupil of Boucher. They depict “The Dance”, “The Musician” and “The Fortune-Teller”. In the mid 18th century the artist had spent five years travelling in Russia. He brought back numerous drawings and his “Russian” paintings were very successful. He made a fanciful Slavic exoticism the style of the day, succeeding the fashion for “chinoiseries”. The pale blue and pink colours give this harmonious group a remarkable freshness and the room its appeal.
The parquet is covered with a Savonnerie carpet, on which stands an easel displaying the only painted adornment in the room: a gouache by the Venetian painter Guardi. As for the furniture, it bears some prestigious stamps: Othon, Joseph, Riesener.