The Music Room
The Music Room is the other large reception room. This room is typical of the Second Empire, with its walls hung in red and its dark wood furniture. The upper gallery recalls certain changes in layout made for Napoleon III at the Palais des Tuileries and the Château des Rothschild in Ferrières.
The paintings which decorate the room were often changed as the collection grew in size. It takes us back to the France of the 18th century: Hubert Robert’s Gallery in ruins, Fragonard’s astonishing Head of an old man, portraits by Perronneau or even an Architectural caprice by the Italian painter Panini. The painting on the ceiling bears the hallmarks of one of the most sought-after painter-decorators of the period, Pierre-Victor Galland. Here he has portrayed Apollo, protector of the arts, thereby ensuring that the god of arts and music presides over the destiny of this house.
For concert evenings, the musicians in costume were set up in the upper gallery, as if on a stage.