Wedgwood Cabinet

 

The charm of this room lies in the four large wooden wall panels that are elaborately painted with naturalistic scenes representing the classical elements earth, water, air and fire, and inlaid with porcelain reliefs depicting mythological subjects. The reliefs were made by the English china manufacturing company which Josiah Wedgwood had founded in 1759.

Wedgwood Cabinet © AnnA BlaU

Wedgwood Cabinet

They originally adorned the Temple du Soleil in the park of Duke Albert’s Brussels residence, Laeken Castle. He brought them to Vienna when he and Archduchess Marie Christine fled the Netherlands in 1792.