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23.10.08
  A Fancy Palace

I've already posted some photos of the part Rococo, part English landscape garden of Wilhelmsthal. This time we'll have a look at the palace building which - against the rules of landscape architecture of the time - lies in the vale, not on top of the hill.

Wilhelmsthal Palace, front side

Landgrave Wilhelm VIII of Kassel wanted a summer palace, a maison de plaisance, outside the town, and had the construction of Wilhelmsthal Palace started in 1743. But he died before palace and park were finished.

Wilhelmsthal Palace, the so called 'seaside'

The famous Rococo architect François de Cuivilliés the Elder who mostly worked as Bavarian Court architect in Munich, developed the plans of the two storey main building with side wings and guard pavillions. The interior stuccoes and wood carvings were created by Johann August Nahl who had already worked in Berlin and Potsdam for Friedrich the Great; the paintings by Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder. Most of the tapestries and furniture came from England.

Another view from the park

Wilhelmsthal Palace in one of the most important Rococo buildings in Germany, but the palace is in dire need of some fresh paint. I haven't been inside this time, and I only have some vague memories from a visit some twenty years past, but somehow the place has lost some of its splendour. Let's hope there'll be money for renovation.
 
Comments:
I really hope there'll be money for renovation, too - what a splendid place!
 
What a beautiful - and impressive house. I would have loved to have gone to a grand ball there!
 
Wooooooooooooow!!!
 
A really nice palace indeed :)
 
Very pretty! Is there a reason why he put the house in the valley, or was he just a contrarian?
 
Thank you, everyone.

It would be a nice place to have a historical costume ball, wouldn't it.

Carla, I have no idea. Maybe Cuivilliés wanted to do something different and could get away with it in the backwaters but not in Munich. :)
 
It's lovely! I want a house like that when I win the lottery.

...Damn crickets.
 
And a few maids to keep it clean, Kirsten. ;)
 
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