This large corner room opens onto the garden. Its white and gilt wood paneling, which came from the drawing room of the Comte de Menou’s mansion at 11, rue Royale in Paris, provides a splendid backdrop for the many masterpieces that Moïse de Camondo displayed here.
The furniture comprises a chest of drawers with sliding doors by Jean-Henri Riesener, a precious “Bonheur du Jour” ladies’ writing desk by Carlin, a pair of low cabinets with Japanese lacquer panels by Adam Weisweiler and a suite of seating furniture upholstered in Aubusson tapestry and stamped by Georges Jacob. The central carpet was produced by the Savonnerie factory in 1678 for the Grande Galerie at the Louvre. The room contains a number of portraits: of Madame Le Couteulx du Molay by Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun; of the children of the Marquis de Serrent by François-Hubert Drouais; of the Prince de Bauffremont sketched by Adelaïde Labille-Guiard. Moïse de Camondo placed a marble bust – an allegory of Summer by Jean-Antoine Houdon – on the mantelpiece in this room, rather than a clock as in the other rooms. The bust is flanked by a pair of petrified wood vases from Queen Marie Antoinette’s collection, while a Japanese lacquer bottle, placed on a gilt bronze gueridon pedestal table, reflects the taste of Madame de Pompadour, to whom this object belonged before it was mounted in gilt bronze.