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Billiard Room (c) SKB, Foto: Alexander Eugen Koller

The Billiard Room is the first in the suite comprising the audience rooms and private apartments of Franz Joseph. These rooms still have their original decoration and furnishings, most of which date from the second half of the nineteenth century. The furniture, accessories and mementos convey an impression of the monarch’s world – his everyday life at the palace in both its professional and domestic aspects.

Several times a week Emperor Franz Joseph received the members of his government and high-ranking military staff.
The billiard table dates from the time of Emperor Ferdinand and is first mentioned in the palace inventory of 1830.

The three large paintings portray scenes connected with the Order of Maria Theresa.
The central painting depicts the foundation ceremony of the order in 1757, at which Count Joseph von Daun, commander-in-chief of the Austrian army, became its very first recipient.
The two paintings flanking it record the celebrations held to mark the centenary of the order’s foundation: a festive banquet in the Great Gallery at Schönbrunn and a banquet in the gardens.

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