The King’s hunting grounds

 

The myths and the anecdotes that are attached to the place are numerous. What really puts the castle apart is the lavish royal hunting parties that took place inside the elaborately decorated dining hall. The decor is inspired by the Austrian Baroque style and originally, there was a dining table that could be raised and lowered between the kitchen and the hall so that the King could dine undisturbed and in solitude  – en eremitage – without being interrupted by servants and waiters.

 

The table no longer exists, however, after years of neglect the interiours have now been brought back to their original splendour.

 

The process has taken over three years, and it has involved a number of experts who master the same crafts that were used almost 300 years ago.

 

Interestingly, visitors are greeted with a grey and modest entrance hall which only serves to enhance the effect of the bright, blue staircase which takes you to the intriguing dining hall where the entrance is crowned with the antlers of a stag.

 

Once the large, elegant doors are pushed open the impression  is overwhelming.  The most startling feature is perhaps the imposing ceiling with its fluttering clouds and symmetric  mirrors where gilded crowns and laurels are set on pastel blue skies which are surrounded by lavish decorations.  Even the walls are pieces of art as they were recreated, stroke by stroke, to ressemble the original  stucco lustro, and polished for days to match the elegance of the room’s Italian marble, as it did in the 1700s.

 

The hunting theme reoccurs in a plaster frame that  depicts how the Greek God, Acteon lurks on Diane, the huntress, while she bathes with her nymphs in a spring.

 

Two sculpted children who used to be chalk white now appear pink after it was discovered that that was their original colour. Their wavy hair is re-gilded just as the spearheads behind them which are partly draped in blue flags.

 

The smaller, adjoining rooms are held in white and gold, and repainted with the French chipolin technique which was highly esteemed at the time, as it gives the walls a transparent luster and porcelain depth.

 

In the Queen’s room the walls are decorated with satin taffetta hand painted in China in its original floral pattern which was fashionable in the 1700s.  For the King, the recreated, deep green damask used to be a dramatic contrast to the room’s black, lacquered furniture.

 

Today, only the black window frames remain throughout the entire castle as a modern feature that frames the outside scenery – from the vast, hilly plains and herds of deers to the sea views with neighbouring Sweden, golfers, horse riders and romantic picnickers.

 A staircase to climb

©horse-tales.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previous page