The reception rooms are all on the Upper Ground Floor. They are accessed by a large Gallery with two perpendicular arms that reflect the layout of the mansion. To light the Great Staircase, Moïse de Camondo chose the kind of large hanging lantern that would have been used in the eighteenth century. The eight chased bronze wall sconces in the staircase and Gallery came from the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

Two “fauteuil à la reine” armchairs, upholstered in tapestry made by the Savonnerie factory, face the Great Staircase on each side of the entrance to the Great Study. Each armchair is placed in front of an “Athénienne” washstand in chased, gilt and patinated bronze. These small tripod washstands appeared in the 1760s, reflecting the “return to antiquity.”

The two tapestries on the wall, “The Chinese Garden” and “The Chinese Dance”, were woven in Aubusson. They were inspired by the “Tenture Chinoise” tapestry series woven in Beauvais from designs by François Boucher, who exhibited the corresponding sketches at the Salon of 1742. Two other tapestries from the same series, “Chinese Woman Holding a Bowl” and “The Audience of the Chinese Emperor,” are displayed on the staircase leading to the private apartments. The sofa and armchairs in this Gallery are upholstered in fine Aubusson tapestry.

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