Queens Brussels

© Queens Brussels

This neoclassical town house, built in 1876, was extended upwards in 1887 when it became the home of Émile Bockstael, Mayor of Laeken/Laken, who lived here until 1920. A series of paintings inspired by the art of Ancient Egypt adorns the hall and stairwell, but whether they were commissioned by Bockstael – a member of the masonic lodge Les Amis Philanthropes, whose temple marked the high point of Egyptomania – or the next owner remains a mystery. Experts have worked out that the artist based the works on tombs at the necropolises of Beni Hasan and Dra' Abu el-Naga'. With an Empire-style office on the first floor, a Louis XVI drawing room and a veranda decorated in Art Nouveau floral style, the building resembles an encyclopaedia of the arts.

Practical information

Avenue de la Reine/Koninginnelaan 266 – Brussels-Laeken/Brussels-Laken

Advance booking required

Non accessible

Non accessible