|The Goldkabinett of Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen|
Most of these rooms are decorated in an elegant Neoclassical style dating from the 1820s but there are one or two spaces that still sport the late Baroque décor of Duke Albert's era. In particular this tiny chamber called the Goldkabinett "Gold Cabinet."
|Goldkabinett at the Albertina, Vienna|
I adore tiny jewel box rooms like this, and it seems to me that every Baroque palace or hôtel particulier just had to have one of these special, intimate, breathtaking little chambers. A perfect spot for a private discussion, collecting one's thoughts, or just basking alone in the glow of a room created solely for the sake of beauty.
|detail of the floral ornament painted onto the gilt paneling|
The unusually rosy effulgence of this room is due to the special gold leaf used to gild it: an alloy consisting of 23-carat gold, 1/2-carat silver and 1/2-carat copper, and is still known today as "Albertina Gold."
|large mirrors on each wall reflect more of the gilt splendor|
Another Golden Room
all images in this post by Lynne Rutter Vienna, 2012
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