5: The Marble Room

This room was originally the bedroom of Christian IV’s morganatic (left-hand) wife, Kirsten Munk.

In 1668 Frederik III had the room furnished in a pompous Baroque style to celebrate Absolutism, introduced eight years before. Most of the exhibited items are from the same period. The ceiling was given new stucco and the walls covered with imitation marble, which was at the time much more exclusive than real marble. The ceiling paintings show putti (small, chubby, angelic child figures) carrying the Regalia; in the heart-shaped areas surrounding the paintings, the parts of the Danish coat-of-arms are shown.

Christian V, whose monogram is on one of the doors, used the Marble Room when in 1671 he bestowed the Order of Dannebrog for the very first time. Among the recipients were Griffenfeld and Cort Adeler.

The Marble Room underwent a thorough restoration from 20012-13, carried out by experts from Denmark, Germany and Italy. This was made possible with support from The A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Foundation.

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Objects in this room
500. Six mirror sconces and two mirrors of silver, with the monogram of Frederik IV and parts of the Danish coat-of-arms, surrounded by rays. Made for this room by Hendrich Reinicke in Copenhagen 1706.
501. Silver tankard with inlaid Holstein coins with nettle-leaves, lions on the lid and feet in the form of the collared swans of Stormarn. Made for Hamburg’s projected acclamation of Frederik III in 1654 by goldsmith Jørgen Stilke (see nos. 503, 530, 5156-5162).
502. Silver cup presented to a member of the deputation from Bornholm, who handed over the island to King Frederik III in 1658. Made by Michael Kabes of Nuremberg.
503. Tankards of silver with inlaid Holstein coins with nettle leaves, lions on the covers, and feet in the form of the collared swans of Stormarn. Made for Hamburg’s projected acclamation of Frederik III in 1654 (nos. 501, 530, 5156-5162). The cup is stamped with the mark of the goldsmith Jørgen Stilke.
506. Two masque figures of colored glass on a framework of metal thread (comedy figures, morra players). Early 17th century Venetian work. Bought for the Cabinet of Curiosities in 1670.
508. Two seals, enamel ascribed to Paul Kurtz.
510. Chess pieces of slate including Kings Frederik III and Carl X Gustav of Sweden and their consorts.
511. Nautilus cup bearing engravings of Frederik III on horseback; the Siege of Copenhagen, and the Battle in the Sound. Engraved by J. Hercules, 1671?
512. Pomander (perfume container) made of walnut, with carved portraits of Frederik III and Sophie Amalie, made in 1660 by the medallist Johan Blum?
514. Animal group in wax; an elephant shaking off its keeper and tossing aside an ibex. Allegorical representation of the victory over Stenbock’s Swedish army at Nyborg, 1659.
517. Equestrian statuette of silver: Frederik III tilting at the ring. The figure is driven by clockwork. Made in Copenhagen by Jørgen Stichmand, c. 1650.
519. Silver cup from a tilting joust in Oldenborg 1635, won by Prince Frederik (III).
520. Large covered cup of silver, richly engraved with i.a. illustration of tilting at the ring; belonged to Queen Sophie Amalie’s brother, Duke Christian Ludvig of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1622-65). Made by Evert Kettwych, Hamburg c. 1641.
521. Equestrian statuette carved in iron; represents the Emperor Leopold of Germany (1640-1705); Made by Gottfried Leigebe 1659-60.
523. Cabinet covered with tortoiseshell and inlaid with silver ornaments. Antwerp, c. 1680? In the Marble Room in 1696.
526. Silver tankard of chased silver with mythological motifs, by Hermann Lambrecht of Hamburg, c. 1650.
527. Ebony cabinet decorated with Florentine mosaics and marble. Augsburg, 1630-40.
529. Two carved guéridons, of gilded and blue painted wood. Monogram of Queen Sophie Amalie on the pedestal. Top of artificial marble (scagliola) with the coats-of-arms of Denmark and Lüneburg. Matching table, bearing the Queen’s motto: En Dieu mon Esperance: My hope in God. Stand made in Copenhagen by Jean L’Estienne, top by Ottavio Carone 1672? Saved from the fire at Sophie Amalienborg in 1689.
530. Tankard of silver with inset Holstein nettle-leaf coins (see no. 501, 503, 5156-5162).
531. Cabinet set of five vases in silver filigree. Denmark c. 1675?
532. Queen Christina of Sweden. Bust of ivory, made by Joachim Henne c.1667.
534. Coconut with Frederik III’s monogram. Signed: Th. Broughton fecit.
536. Tankard carved in ivory, with handle and lining of silver gilt. On the cover, a couple seated on a wine cask, on the body, garden scenes with courting couple. Mounting stamped Lübeck, c. 1650. Master: CPM?
537. Tankard carved in ivory, showing the Abduction of Persephone, attributed to David Heschler, Ulm, c.1650. Mounting unstamped.
540. Cup of sycamore with Frederik III and Sophie Amalie’s monograms; on the cover three standing lions supporting a crown. Signed: Samuel Halvor (Fanden) 1664.