Frederik IV in his coronation robes. Probably painted by Bénoit le Coffre.
Gold beaker with Frederik IV’s initials set in diamonds. It was a present from Count UA Holstein, Anna Sophie’s brother-in-law, who supported the enraptured king when he eloped with her from Clausholm Manor.
Coronation robe of red silk velvet, embroidered in golden thread with 1400 royal crowns and lined with white rabbit fur. The edge of the upper side is made from ermine. Christian V wore this robe at his coronation in 1671.
The Anointing Sword, gold with enamel, table-cut and rose-cut stones. Used by the Absolutist kings and possibly by Frederik III. Originally a wedding present from Christian IV to Frederik III in 1643.
Small equestrian silver statuette of Frederik IV, presented to the King as a New Year present by Queen Louise in 1701. It was made in Copenhagen by the King’s goldsmith, Andreas Normand.
Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia (1672-1725). Peter the Great was in alliance with Frederik IV in the Great Nordic War. Gilt bust of lead, executed by B.C.D. Rastrelli.
Bènoit le Coffre was the most important painter in Denmark during the reign of Frederik IV. He was born in Copenhagen and educated in Paris. In 1700 he was appointed Painter of the Court.
The 18th century was initiated with yet another war between Denmark and Sweden. For Denmark the war was brief, but for Sweden it was the beginning of the Great Nordic War, which Denmark became part of again from 1709.
Frederik IV was the King of Denmark-Norway from 1699; son of Christian V and Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel. Married for the first time in 1695 to Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, with whom he had Christian (VI).