Imperial Furniture Collection

Town: Vienna Address: 7 Andreasgasse Phone: +43 1 524 33570 Price: 0 - 7 EUR Holding a collection spanning 300 years of royal acquisitions, the Imperial Furniture Collection ranges from the throne of the Emperor Francis Joseph to Prince Rudolf's cradle, as well as a selection of coat racks as well as about 15,000 chairs. Towards the end of World War I, following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the new republic inherited this property. The collection was established by Empress Maria Theresa in 1747, and now it amounts to some 55,000 objects. It showcases the examples of Decorative and Applied Arts, including chamber pots, spittoons and porcelain toothbrush holders. Of particular note are Maria Theresa's impressive desk of palissander and the coffin which carried the corpse of Emperor Maximilian to Vienna from Mexico after his 1867 execution by Benito Juárez's forces. The collection also holds an array of 1815 – 48 Biedermeier furnishings. The modern world is represented by pieces designed by 20th-century Viennese architects, such as Adolf Loos and O