The elegant mahagony furniture for Caroline’s audience room was made in Paris. In accordance with court ceremony, it is placed along the wall. The Empire style of the furnishings, adopted from France, corresponded to contemporary tastes. However, it also reflected the political alliance with Napoleon, as a result of which Bavaria had increased in both size and importance.
Queen Caroline (1776–1841; married in 1797), née Princess of Baden, was the second wife of Max I Joseph, the central figure in the large family that constituted his private sphere. This clever, self-confident woman, who had been trained as an artist, wanted her surroundings to be comfortable as well as representative.
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