7A The stairway to the Stair Turret

The stairway to the stair turret. In 1663 a new stair turret was built in the middle of the east side of Rosenborg Castle. The occasion was the forthcoming wedding of Christian, the Prince Elect, at which suitable access to the official chambers on the first and second storeys was required. At first a spiral staircase was built between only the first and second storeys; access to the first storey was via an outdoor double staircase.

The ground floor of the stair turret was instead used as a silver cabinet, to which there was access via the Stone Corridor (room no. 7). The spiral staircase was lengthened in 1758 so that it extended all the way down to the ground floor. At the same time the outdoor staircase was pulled down.

In the stair turret between the first and second storeys hang a number of equestrian pictures from 1691-93; the royal Danish castles can be seen behind the horses. Some of Maria Sibylla Merian’s flower paintings also hang here. The lowest part of the stair turret mainly houses portraits from the time of Christian V.

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Objects in this room
752. Christian V conversing with his half brother, Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve, and Count Anton of Aldenburg (1633-80). Grisaille, probably by Anton Steenwinckel.
753. Anchor of iron; supposed to have saved the life of Christian V in a storm in the Baltic; bears a verse of thanksgiving by Thomas Kingo (cf no. 629).
754. Coronation of Christian V, 1671. Painting by Michael van Haven?
755. Peder Schumacher, Count of Griffenfeld (1635-99); Chancellor. Painted on wood by A. Wuchters.
756. Christian V with the regalia, painted by Abraham Wuchters, c. 1670.
757. Christian V, painted by Abraham Wuchters, c. 1670.
758. Copenhagen as seen from the northwest. Water colour drawing from the late 17th century by W. Riboldt.
759. Christian V with his sons, Frederik, Christian, and Carl. Made after the painting by Jacob d’Agar in Frederiksborg Council Chamber.
760. Count Anton Günther of Oldenborg (1583-1667). Embroidery.
761. Christian V as a child. Painted on wood by W. Heimbach.
762. Young cavalier in shepherd’s costume, probably a situation from a court masque. Unknown artist, c. 1650.
763. The Vicar of Jork in the diocese of Bremen; said to have been painted by Frederik III in his youth, when he was Prince Archbishop of Bremen.
764. Two drawings from the middle of the 18th century representing the gold horns (from c. 500), found in 1639 and 1734 respectively.
768. Portrait of Christian V, signed: F. Douven Douwen 1696.