Antechamber and Edouard's bedroom
The antechamber, located between the two bedrooms, was the couple’s special private meeting place. Every morning they took their breakfast here, surrounded by family portraits. Among these, the portrait that Nélie painted of Edouard in 1872 and which brought them together for the first time features prominently. The memory of Edouard André is ever-present here; personal items such as his father’s wallet and the “who’s who” from the period when he was a member of the National Assembly all recall his presence.
His bedroom and the adjoining bathroom, both renovated after his death, now suggest more of a woman’s touch. A Transition-period chest of drawers, attributed to B.V.R.B., is presented with his plaster bust by Carpeaux. In spite of its resemblance to the emperor, it really is Edouard André – the ultimate expression of Nélie’s admiration and loyalty to her husband.