One of the largest Baroque palaces in Germany

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, 2nd anteroom of the apartment of Duke Carl Eugen; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer
A jewel of the Rococo

The apartments

of Duke Carl Eugen

Sumptuous Rococo furniture and décor are the high point of the permanent exhibition in the former private apartments of Duke Herzog Carl Eugen of Württemberg. Since restoration was completed in 2004, the rooms can again be viewed in their new splendour.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, assembly room; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, David Franck

Assembly room with virtuoso Rococo décor.

Care-free amusement in a Rococo ambience

As of 1757, Duke Carl Eugen had some rooms on the second floor of the New Main Building arranged as his private apartments. The Duke met with his closest confidantes here. The rooms provided the setting for conversation, games and music. The décor points in part to what the rooms were used for: gilded stucco and carvings in the Assembly Room depict musical instruments, an allusion to the fact that the room also served as an intimate concert hall.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, 1st cabinet; Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, copyright unknown

Playful wall design.

Playful decorations

The playful charm of the Rococo art can be seen in the two cabinets which are adjacent to the public areas. In the light-blue corner room, the hand-painted wall covering with flowers and bird motifs have been reconstructed. The tableaux with playing putti and chivalric scenes above the doors and windows are by Württemberg court painter Adolf Friedrich Harper. For the pictures in the remaining rooms, Duke Carl Eugen engaged the great fresco painter Matthäus Günther.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, 1st anteroom; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

The first anteroom is adorned with portraits of the family.

Sumptuous furniture direct from Paris

Large format portraits define the impression of the first antechamber. They depict the young Duke Carl Eugen, his bride Elisabeth Friederike Sophie and her mother margravine Wilhelmine von Brandenburg-Bayreuth, a sister of the Prussian King Friedrich the Great. The paintings are by the Prussian court painter Antoine Pesne. Art-lover Duke Carl Eugen constantly acquired precious items of furniture directly in Paris, for example the two commodes which are the work of Jacques-Philippe Carel circa 1750.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, commode by Jacques-Philippe Carel; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, copyright unknown

Duke Carl Eugen owned a wealth of sumptuous French furniture, some of which he bought on his travels in France.

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