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One of the largest historic residences in Europe

Mannheim Baroque Palace

Terra-cotta bust of Grand Duke Karl von Baden by Joseph Anton Maria Christen, 1819. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, credit unknown
Royal gifts

The age of the

grand dukes

Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Grand Duke Carl von Baden modernized Mannheim Palace in the Empire style beginning in 1811. Some lovely furnishings from this period can be admired in the permanent exhibition, "Art and Culture at the Court of Mannheim."

Magnificent armchair with initials, circa 1856, now in the "Art and Culture at the Court of Mannheim" exhibition. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

A truly special wedding gift.

Homage and royal veneration

The permanent exhibition also displays gifts from the Grand Duke Friedrich I and his wife Luise. On the occasion of their wedding in 1856, they received presents from the citizens of Mannheim. Examples displayed here include two seats with the monogram "F" and "L," a washstand, an easel with album boxes, and two statues: Stephanie von Baden and Friedrich I, created in 1907 and 1908.

Electress Elisabeth Auguste's magnificent flatware, 1747, now in the "Art and Culture at the Court of Mannheim" exhibition. Image: Credit unknown

Elisabeth Auguste's magnificent flatware.

Precious exhibits from the 18th and 19th centuries

In 2012, some unique exhibits were acquired: precious cutlery that belonged to Electress Elisabeth Auguste in 1747, a richly decorated seal box that belonged to her husband, Carl Theodor, two figurines from the Frankenthal porcelain factory, and a portrait bust of Grand Duke Karl von Baden. The magnificent cutlery set with tiny stones was likely a gift of homage to the royal couple from the smiths of Solingen. The porcelain "sleigh ride" figurine, made between 1762 and 1763, was likely created exclusively for the royal couple and was used to decorate a dessert table.

Porcelain "sleigh ride" figurine by Johann Friedrich Lück, 1762/1763. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, credit unknown
Seal box with Carl Theodor's initials. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, credit unknown