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Spindler's Marquetry Chamber - Schloss Fantaisie / Bayreuth

 


 

'Pastoral themes'

 

Depicted here are pieces of architecture of a near bluish appearance. Yet the hilly landscape with the shepherds and their sheep and the cattle are clearly an integral part of the Schloss Fantaisie. An entry in the accounts of the privy purse of 1779 records wages for the care of her Ladyship's Swiss cattle, in other words there were shepherds and their flocks in the Schloss park itself.

In the rococo period, herds of cattle were used as background. A description of a gala reception held at Schloss Fantaisie in 1779 not only mentions herds of cattle but also a hermit, a temple of virtue construction and a Swiss festival, indicating the preference of Princess Elisabeth Friederike Sophie for the influential trend in sentimental garden design.

Obviously, to create a total impression in his marquetry scenes Spindler had to include Swiss houses and hermitages, because they were indispensable elements of the 'furnished' garden.

 

 

 

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