Imperial Silver Collection

The Imperial Silver Chamber houses a unique collection of objects necessary for the running of the imperial household and offers an incomparable insight into the culture of dining at court.

© SKB/Wilfried Gredler
© SKB/Marianne Haller
© SKB/Wilfried Gredler
© SKB/Wilfried Gredler
© Wehr & Wehr OG
© Wehr & Wehr OG
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The former Silver and Table Room goes back to an institution of the 16th century, when Emperor Ferdinand I. designated a Master of the Silver Room of noble descent, who was in charge of the silver, tableware, bread and fruit. He had a deputy, three servants and two assistants. Over the course of time the Silver Chamber gained in importance and needed to be subdivided into different departments: the Court Kitchen, the Court Confectionery, the Court Linen Room, the Court Cellars, the Court Silver and Table Room, the Court Depot of Victuals, the Court Firewood and Coal Depot and the Court Light Room.

After the collapse of the monarchy in 1918 the imperial household was dissolved and the stock of silver became the property of the Austrian Republic. Many objects were sold, but the main parts remained in the Imperial Silver Collection where today around 7,000 items from the total of 150,000 in the collection‘s holdings are displayed.

Duration: as desired.
Admission fee not included. Please find the current fees
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