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Archduchess Sophie’s Study

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This room was furnished for Franz Joseph’s mother.

Typical of the post-1840 period, the Rococo Revival interior contains numerous family portraits and mementos. The only item of the original furniture to have been preserved is a lady’s secretaire with elaborate mother-of-pearl inlay, a piece which attests to the superb quality of Viennese craftsmanship in the nineteenth century.

During Maria Theresa’s reign this room originally served as a library and has bookshelves concealed behind the hinged panelling. Sophie pursued an energetic and ultimately successful plan to secure the Habsburg throne for her son. She was not only the mother-in-law but also the aunt of Empress Elisabeth; however, despite the close degree of kinship, relations between the two women were always difficult and fraught with conflict.

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