Experience the grandeur of a stately home!
In its almost 60 exhibition rooms, Schloss Fasanerie houses an extensive collection of high quality 18th and 19th century furniture and interior design objects.
The north wing of the palace complex, where many of the rooms still feature the original rococo plasterwork from the time the palace was built, is dedicated to arts and crafts from the baroque period. The extremely sumptuous interiors in this part of the palace are mainly from the time of the House of Hesse landgraves (William VIII, Frederick II and William IX). The splendidly furnished apartments provide a representative insight into the sweeping grandeur and opulence of life at the court of Hesse. The former residents and their aristocratic relatives are ever-present in the form of numerous portraits adorning the rooms and halls.
The south wing is home to pieces from the 19th century. Empire style furniture and precious arts and crafts objects such as clocks and gilt bronze instruments are exhibited here. Most of these objects come from Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, the summer palace of the Electors, and from the Bellevuepalais in Kassel.
Regal lifestyle and interiors
Rooms furnished and decorated in the style prevailing in the House of Hesse dynasty's numerous palaces during the latter part of the 19th century are effectively the final chapter in a history showing the development of palace interiors over almost 180 years. Each room within the palace therefore has its own purpose, its own history and its own charm.
The museum also houses a superlative porcelain collection in separate display rooms that exhibit pieces from every early European manufactory, including Meissen, Sèvres, Copenhagen, and Fürstenberg. Alone the unique service for the state banquets of the Elector—from the Royal Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin—comprises over 1,800 components. The examples of Chinese and Japanese china are likewise of particular value, not only for their exclusive beauty, but also for their great rarity.
In addition, Schloss Fasanerie has one of the most important private collections of antiquities. Specialists travel great distances to examine its Etruscan and Greek vases, Roman busts, bronzes, and terracotta objects of magnificence and scarcity.