Rouayroux Antechamber

The antechamber furniture evokes the Regency period. Two commodes illustrate the origins of fine French cabinetwork. The example with three rows of drawers, solidly architectural with its two fluted panels, retains the classical spirit of the 17th century. The curvilinear crossbow commode is a masterpiece from the Rouayroux bequest.

The Rococo gilded bronze stand out from the violetwood veneer marquetry. More fluid designs appeared in the early 18th century. The cane chaise-longue, with fretted forms, is stamped by Pierre Nogaret, the master furniture maker working in Lyon in 1745. Foura la reinearmchairs, decorated with scenes from 'Fables de la Fontaine', are stamped Claude 1er Sené (master in 1743). The floral decoration on the upper chair backs of the four chairs features a blossoming flower bud. On the wall, two 17th century embroidered tapestries from Saint Cyr complete the interior decoration.