17 Christian VIII’s Room
ROOM 17: This south-east facing gable room, together with the adjacent Frederik VII’s Room, acquired its form and its panels when Frederik IV refurbished Rosenborg’s first floor. The refurbishing took place at the beginning of the 18th century.
The ceiling is part of the old ceiling from Christian IV’s time, as it is in Frederik IV’s Room. Today the room contains pictures and curios items from Christian VIII’s time, the final years of Absolutism in the 1840’s. However, several objects originate from the King’s youth, including the short period in 1814 when he was King of Norway. The furniture in particular is influenced by bourgeois late classicism.
Danish art and literature went through a Golden Age during the first half of the 19th century. An important current was the so-called Biedermeier style, where daily life and intimate things became central. A fine example is the mantel clock with a bronze figurine of Christian VIII. The King sits in a chair, relaxed – in obvious contrast to the very stiff royal portraits of earlier times.