The Dining Room

In keeping with its historical spirit, a neo-17th century atmosphere dominates the dining room. The painted wallpaper, made in Paris by the Balin factory, imitates the gilded and hand-embossed leather known as Cordoue. Period furniture from the 17th century dresses the room; a Languedoc cupboard, Limoges enamels, a Brussels tapestry and a painting by Pieter Wouwerman. However, the cabinet with bone inlay, the paintings by Ferdinand Roybet in the style of Franz Hals and the ice buckets by the goldsmith Froment Meurice all date from the 19th century and contribute to an idealised vision of the Ancient Regime. The panelling painted to imitate wood was created with a number of practical details; butler serving tables which were folded away during the meal are concealed in the panelling. Service was made easier with a dumbwaiter, neatly hidden behind the little door in the corner. It linked the dining room to the kitchen on the ground floor.