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Stallions Room

The Stallions Room was used as a dining room during the nineteenth century. Displayed here today is the so-called Marshal’s Table, a festively decorated table set for a dinner of the highest-ranking military officers and court officials, who dined without the emperor, as was customary in Franz Joseph’s time.

The name of the room derives from the pictures which decorate the room: the white-and-gold panelled walls are hung with numerous portraits of horses
from the imperial studs and paintings showing horses grazing. Dating to around 1720, the time of the dowager empress Wilhelmine Amalie, these works are among the oldest paintings
at Schönbrunn. The central painting shows a hunt with hounds in the forests bordering the River March (Morava) to east of Vienna, in which the empress’s husband, Emperor Joseph I, took part.

 


Stallions Room - Restoration work

The Stallions Room was given its name during the time of the Monarchy in reference to the numerous equine portraits set into its panelling. Together with the large-format paintings showing horses grazing at the imperial studs and a hunting scene, they constitute the earliest ensemble of paintings at Schönbrunn Palace. From the middle of the nineteenth century formal dinners for high-ranking military officers and court officials were held in this room. Although the original pink and green decoration of the walls and ceiling was altered in the 1880s to a more uniform white and gold scheme, the remarkable pictorial ensemble was retained. Based on the historical appearance of the room in 1880, the current programme of restoration includes the painted wooden panelling and the elaborate gilt rocaille decoration as well as the paintings and the furniture with its white and gold colour scheme that typified the interiors of the Viennese imperial court. Work is scheduled to be completed by the middle of November 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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