The Dining Room
The size of this room and the quality of its décor bear witness to its importance in the everyday life of the mansion. Around the edges of the room, a series of Louis XV console tables in gilt and sculpted wood serve as sideboards, while the bust of Mrs André has pride of place on the mantelpiece. Above the bust, five tapestries of Achilles woven in Brussels in the 18th century tell the adventures of the hero of the Trojan War. The freshness of their colours is remarkable.
The most surprising element is the fresco on the ceiling: the work of Giambattista Tiepolo, it comes from the Villa Contarini in Mira, as does the fresco on the staircase. Despite its subject, The announcement of the arrival of Henri III, the trompe l’oeil effects, the people leaning on their elbows and the monkey with its tail hanging over the arch, give it a comic air. The painter even appears to have put himself in there, leaning over the balustrade as though greeting the visitor.