20 The Bronze Room
ROOM 20: In this room, located in the tower bay at the southern end of the Palace, a dinner set of gilt bronze from the 1820’s is exhibited. It was used as table decoration at large banquets, a custom that originated from the Imperial Court of Napoleon I.
The set was a wedding present from Frederik VI to his daughter Caroline and Ferdinand the Heir Presumptive, Christian VIII’s brother. A second set with gilt bronze miniatures of some of Bertel Thorvaldsen’s most famous sculptures is exhibited at Christian VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg. A third set, now at Glücksburg, was a wedding present from Frederik VI to Caroline’s sister Vilhelmine and Prince Frederik (VII).
The two sets and the decoration of the room in Empire style were donated in 1881 by the brewer Carl Jacobsen. Empire is a specific Neo-classicist style, inspired by Imperial Rome.