|Abraham Solomon de Camondo|
|Beatrice and Nissim de Camondo|
|Books bound unbounded at the|
Musée Nissim de Camondo
|The Grand Salon|
|Paintings at Malmaison|
|The Egyptian heads on chairs|
In a geopolitic harkening back to the Crusades, and certainly Christopher Columbus's forays, Napoleon attempted to thwart Britain's access to its colonies in India by controlling Egypt. A complex series of moves that would ultimately fail militarily but gain tremendous traction culturally (the Rosetta stone, and Champollion's translation and an enormous chapter of Orientalism). How Napoleon brought his campaign in Egypt and Syria "home" will be what I would want to study. These portraits (minor academic painter, a series, billiard room?, friends and colleagues?), the chairs of almost all of the rooms, with their Egyptian heads at the arms...
|Tent ceiling of the Council Room|
|And now to dine|
(1) The Cognacq-Jay Museum has such a collection as well, but it's more of a museum than a house. In looking around, it seems that the Cognacq-Jay collection was also given to the French state, this time in 1929. And its collector was the founder of the La Samaritaine department store. There's something to examine in who is collecting 18th-century French furniture in the early 20th century. I envision the furnishings on the market, more than impoverished aristocracy selling it all off - or a combination of the two.