Continued from Part I
Through the open door of Cabinet de travail you can see the Boudoir with a fresco by Tiepolo "Justice and peace" on the ceiling and paintings by Vigee Lebrun, David, Prudhon on the walls.
Next room is the library that has paintings by Rembrandt with unmistakable dark backgrounds and amazing, well-lit face and eyes staring at you from the canvas. There's also an especially interesting Van Dyck’s "Portrait of magistrate". The story is that at one time the Louvre, one of the Amsterdam museums and André were bidding on this painting and it was not established who the author was. André offered the highest bid that could not be matched by the museums, and later it was determined to be a Van Dyck.
There is also Salon de Musique (Music room) which used to be another reception room with crimson walls and furniture typical of second empire times and ceiling by Paul Gallon, who was sought after at the time, which shows Chariots of Apollo. Then there is Jardin d’Hiver (Winter garden) which was a great novelty at the time and people would come to this house to see it.
The 2 floor vestibule and a gallery of antique busts and exotic plants end with a gorgeous staircase of fairy-tale construction made of iron with mirrors on each side to complete the illusion. When you walk up along this marvelous staircase there is yet another wonderful surprise – a large fresco by Tiepolo painted for villa Contarini in 1573 showing doge Contarini welcoming Henri III, king of Poland, to Venice.
The whole 2nd floor is full of Italian treasures. Galerie de Musiciens (Musical gallery) has paintings by Titian and busts by Bernini; Musee Italien (Italian museum) has sculptures by Donatello and Della Robbia. Then there is also Salle Florentine (Florentine hall) that has 5 amazing stalls from Florence with unbelievable inlays, and as the name suggests has paintings by Florentine masters. Boticelli’s "Virgin and child" is between 2 paintings of the same subject – on the left by Botticini and on the right by Perugini. Salle Venetiene (Venetian hall) is a collection of works by Mantegna, Bellini, Boticelli and Carpaccio. The ceiling of this room is made up of rectangular and circular shape frescoes brought from Venice and is really marvelous.
There is another staircase leading downstairs along which are 18th century French tapestries that illustrate the story of Achilles. And downstairs you find the apartments where the owners lived - only 3 rooms. When Edouard was close to death, he wanted to bequeath the collection to the public and since they didn’t have children in 1912 it became so after Nelie’s death.