The coffered ceiling in The Blue Cabinet was gilded following Hereditary Prince Frederik’s assumption of the palace. Nicolai Abildgaard’s ceiling decoration has been recreated on the basis of archaeological studies of the colours.
The Blue Chamber
The room was originally furnished for Hereditary Prince Frederik’s wife Hereditary Princess Sophie Frederikke. She died soon after the assumption of the palace, however, and thus had no pleasure from it. The painting on the wall is Abildgaard’s own work. It bears a resemblance to an illustration in James Cook’s book ‘A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean’ and represents dancing women from Tahiti. The Blue Cabinet also has a trompe-l’oeil ceiling. Next room->
Dance Scene from Tahiti
Painted by Nicolai Abildgaard, who led the renovation of the palace after the royal assumption of it. An almost identical motif is to be found in the English explorer James Cook’s travel journal, “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean” from 1768-71, which inspired Abildgaard to paint this dance scene. Motifs from the great voyages of discovery were a popular form of decoration at the end of the 18th Century.