OUR EXCLUSIVE LIBRARY
A JEWEL IN NO. 5 HAMILTON PLACE
The library room is one of the jewels of No. 5 Hamilton Place and one of the most intricately designed and striking rooms in London. Few places in Mayfair allow for such peaceful relaxation, and provide space for members to read, rest and relax.
Under Leopold de Rothschild, who bought the house from the Conyngham family in 1879, the library room became a focal point in the London social scene after he commissioned the world famous Florentine master wood carver, Chevalier Rinaldo Barbetti to create detailed and intricate carvings on the walls and around the elaborately-crafted, glass cabinets and fireplace. These wood carvings include detailed depictions of naval storytelling, as well as cherubs, angels and wry epigrams in Greek and Latin; including: “A learned man always has riches in himself” and “Virtue rejoices in temptation.” Scenes depict views from Europa, Africa, America and Oceania and remain one of the world's best examples of Barbetti's work. The library connects the hall entrance to a spectacular, sweeping staircase carved from solid oak, one of the most lavish and impressive in London, with walls panelled in Regency Louis XV style boiseries featuring tapestry insets dating back to the late 19th Century, along with the cascading crystal chandeliers.