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Western Terrace Cabinet

Western Terrace Cabinet (c) SKB, Photo: Alexander Eugen Koller

The Western Terrace Cabinet leads into the apartments of Empress Elisabeth. It contains a portrait by the French artist Pierre Benevault of Maria Theresa’s youngest daughters, Johanna Gabriela and Maria Josepha. Both girls died at a young age of smallpox, outbreaks of which were rife during that time.

Restoration work on the cabinet in 2011 revealed the original fabric hangings, which were subsequently restored.
They are made from silk cloth, hand-painted on both sides with garlands of roses tied together with ribbons and executed in shades of pink and green on one side and cornflower blue on the other. This finely painted silk fabric is probably French and dates from the second half of the eighteenth century.

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