The Chateau of Coppet: The large drawing room

Le grand salon

The three tapestries from Aubusson that decorate the walls with their shepherd scenes were present in the Chateau prior to the time of Necker.

Coppet le Grand Salon

In this drawing room one can once again admire some examples of the finest 18th century furniture productions.

On your left, a superb chest of drawers inlaid with shells and brass, decorated in the “à la Bérain” style by the cabinet-maker Nicolas Sageot.

In front of you is another chest of drawers, stamped Kemp, who was Queen Marie-Antoinette’s cabinet-maker.

On the golden sculpted console between the windows are two beautiful Chinese porcelain vases decorated in the Imari style. They were brought back from the Far East by the vessels of the “French India Company”, of which Necker was a director.

Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778). Oil on canvas by Sir Allan Ramsay.

On your left you can see a portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau by Ramsay. Mme de Staël bestowed Rousseau a great admiration and in 1788  her first published work appeared with the title “Letter about the character and the writings of J.J. Rousseau”.

Between the windows you can discover the portraits of Schlegel and of Mme de Staëls grandson by Auguste.

Two busts of Buffon, one by Houdon, the other by Pajou, testify to the friendship which linked him with the Necker household

Through the windows you enjoy a unique view onto the rooftops of Coppet, the lake of Geneva and the peaks of the French Alps.

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