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One of the largest Baroque palaces in Germany

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Small marble hall in the hunting pavilion at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer
A glamorous setting for hunting parties

The hunting pavilion

The hunting pavilion with its luxurious rooms is a highlight of Baroque interior design at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. In the largest room, the small marble hall, Duke Eberhard Ludwig held festive meetings of the Order of Saint Hubertus, a hunting order he founded.

Detail of the small marble hall in the hunting pavilion at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Sven Grenzemann

Detail of the ceiling of the small marble hall.

Namesake: luxurious marble wall decor

The small marble hall, the central state room in the hunting pavilion, is from the palace's first construction phase and has been preserved in its entirety. Giacomo Antonio Corbellini covered the walls with colorful stucco marble inlay. They depict the Württemberg hunting order, bugles and Duke Eberhard Ludwig's monogram. The two massive fireplaces crowned with cherubs are especially impressive. The splendid decor culminates in the majestic ceiling of opulent stucco and a painting by Luca Antonio Colomba.

Detail of the floor in the marble cabinet in the hunting pavilion at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger
Detail of the boiserie cabinet in the hunting pavilion at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Sven Grenzemann
Detail of the ceiling of the Chinese lacquer cabinet in the hunting pavilion at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Sven Grenzemann

Ornate details: The three cabinets and their decor are masterpieces of artisan Baroque craftsmanship, showing an impressive, virtuoso-level manipulation of materials.

Detail of the Chinese lacquer cabinet in the hunting pavilion, circa 1715. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger

An example of the Chinese vogue popular at German royal courts.

Interior design in miniature

Three abundantly decorated cabinets adjoin the small marble hall. All three are lavish and elaborate works of art and epitomize Baroque luxury and the highest level or representation. In the elegant marble cabinet, delicate stucco sculptures cover walls of light-colored stucco marble. In the boiserie cabinet, inlaid ornaments in the paneling are reminiscent of Turkish rug patterns. The lacquer cabinet offers fascinating Chinese-style paintings on a black background. The Turkish and Chinese vogue were very popular at European royal courts during the Baroque period.