The Sculpture Gallery
The section which is home to the “Italian Museum” was originally empty. Over the years, Nélie and Edouard André decided to install their Italian collections here. It was in some way their secret garden. While on the reception floor all their guests could admire their collections, visits to the Italian Museum were limited to a few friends or those art lovers who requested to be let in on the secret.
After his marriage, Edouard André had this room fitted out as a workshop for his wife, which was when the large picture window was created. But Nélie laid down her brushes for good and the room remained empty. Soon after she took her husband to Italy, and their joint love of Italian Renaissance art led them to visit this country at least once a year.
Over the years they accumulated their treasures, and it was only after Edouard’s death that Nélie installed this sculpture gallery. Its highly personal display is recreated here according to old descriptions.