The antechamber of Duchess Karoline Amalie

The antechamber of Duke August’s wife was also used as a playroom and dining room. Due to the decoration of the walls with black and purple stucco marble in a green frame, the room was later called the Marble Room.

The walls are decorated with white, antique-style reliefs by the Gotha sculptor Friedeich Wilhelm Doell. Doell studied under the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon in Paris and spent time in Rome from 1773 to 1783.

The design with marble walls and reliefs is entirely in the spirit of classicism and was absolutely en vogue at the time. The excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum gave rise to a new fondness for antiquity in Europe.

This room cannot be visited due to renovation work at Friedenstein Castle.