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Restoration and reconstruction of the room ensemble

SCHEDULED COMPLETION DATE: Autumn 2021

This room served Empress Elisabeth as a private reception room. It was entered via the Guards’ Room and an entrance room belonging to the empress’s suite. The salon was refurbished in Rococo Revival style ahead of Elisabeth’s marriage to Franz Joseph in 1854. The emperor himself had requested a typically Neorococo white-and-gold scheme for the furniture.

The current programme of restoration concerns the painted wall panelling and its gilding, as well as the panelled wall hangings, which will be replaced with specially woven replica silk fabric, and the reassembly of the original ensemble of furnishings from the time of Empress Elisabeth.

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Salon of Empress Elisabeth

The clock in front of the mirror on the window side of the room boasts a unique feature: a reversed face on the back so that the time could also be told from a brief glance in the mirror.

The paintings in this room are of particular interest. Two portraits of Empress Elisabeth bear impressive witness to her beauty: in the oil painting by Hans Skallinsky the empress is wearing a ruby parure, while the lithograph by an anonymous artist highlights the empress’s strikingly slender waist.

The salon also contains a number of eighteenth-century pastel portraits of some of Maria Theresa’s children. The portrait of her youngest surviving daughter Marie Antoinette is by Joseph Kranzinger and shows her dressed in a fashionable hunting habit following her marriage to the heir to the French throne. The portrait was painted at Versailles, the artist having been sent there by Maria Theresa for the express purpose of portraying the future queen of France.

Imperial Couple’s Bedroom
Marie Antoinette Room
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