Nélie Jacquemart’s bedroom, which later became the library, this is the most secluded room in the mansion. The couple came here to consult sales catalogues and decide on their future purchases. On the shelves of two glass-fronted cabinets, books with precious bindings were displayed. Today, other items have replaced the collection of old books whose bindings are too precious and too fragile to remain permanently exposed to the light. The room’s furniture is in the style of the Louis XVI epoch, and the Fontanges cabinet, given by the king to Mademoiselles de Fontanges, is its most astonishing jewel.
On the walls, visitors discover a series of Flemish and Dutch paintings from the 17th century. In 1865, Edouard acquired the Portrait of Doctor Tholinx by Rembrandt. This was later joined by the famous little scene of Christ at Emmaus, also painted by Rembrandt. Around this truly priceless painting, portraits and landscapes bring together the prestigious names of Van Dyck, Frans Hals, Philippe de Champaigne and Ruysdaël.
Nélie also gathered together here some items from her collection of Egyptian antiques. These are presented in a central display cabinet and give this room, traditionally dedicated to reading and study, the air of a “cabinet of curiosities”. These items recall her travels in Egypt at the beginning of the century.