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Salon of Empress Elisabeth (c) SKB, Photo: Alexander Eugen Koller

The salon where the empress received her visitors was also refurbished in 1854 in Rococo Revival style with its typical white-and-gold panelling and matching furniture.

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.

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