Welcome to the 325th Tablescape Thursday!
We’re going to Europe this week, to Vienna, Austria thanks to Elena, who generously shared pictures from her trip there. While in Vienna, Elena had the opportunity to tour the Hofburg Imperial Palace where Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth lived during the period of the Habsburg Empire.
On a visit to the palace, Elena was able to tour the museum that houses the Imperial Silver and Porcelain Collection…and it is jaw-dropping!
Above Photo from Wikipedia
Elena said, “The museum is 13,000 square feet and houses 7,000 pieces of porcelain, silver, and gold leaf ware. The original collection (while the Hapsburgs were still in power) included 150,000 pieces.” Amazing!
This is the famous gold “Milan Centerpiece,” which is almost 30 meters long! I can’t imagine what the value of this piece must be.
A view from the other end…
Can you just imagine the opulent dinner parties held in the palace!
I’m going to hush and just let you stroll through the museum and enjoy!
Elena said the napkins were 36 inches square. They were that large so they could be folded into really elaborate napkin folds.
Imagine how long it must have taken to fold each napkin.
The website for the museum states the museum holds “porcelain from East Asia, Sèvres and Vienna as well as panorama plates, Fayence china, gold- and silverwork – among them the Vienna Court Silver as well as the Grand Vermeil Service, an elegant table service for 140 persons.” I wonder if these plates below are the panorama plates.
It’s more art than dishware, isn’t it? I can’t imagine ever eating or serving food from these dishes, even back in the day!
In addition to all the gold, there is a lot of silver in the museum, too.
More beautiful porcelain…
I wonder if this was their “official” china bearing the family crest.
Hope you enjoyed touring the museum and thanks so much to Elena for sharing her beautiful pictures!
Looking forward to all the beautiful tablescapes posted for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!
If you are participating in Tablescape Thursday, please be sure to add your permalink below, and not your general blog address.
To get your permalink, click on your post name, then copy and paste the address showing in the address bar, into the “url” box when you link up. You’ll need to include a link in your post back to the party to link up and participate.
That’s so visitors to your blog will be able to find the party and the other Tablescape Thursday participants. Requiring a link back also prevents businesses from linking up to sell their products. (Yep, that really happens, unfortunately.)
Please, don’t add your post name/blog name ALL IN CAPS…it tends to create big spaces between the rows of links.
Please do not link up table settings that were just recently shared for a previous Tablescape Thursday.