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The Burgundian Inheritance and the Order of the Golden Fleece

Cup, lid, knob, shaft and base of this magnificent vessel are made of clear, masterfully cut rock crystal and are a supreme achievement of medieval...
Burgundischer Hofbecher
The brooch was first documented in the inventory of Emperor Ferdinand I and probably came into Habsburg possession through his grandmother,...
Brosche mit Liebespaar
Due to its smooth, clean lines and its restrained adornment of gems, consisting of 21 sapphire rhomboids and five ruby cabochons, the gold cross's...
Schwurkreuz des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies
The chain of arms consists of a neck chain of the order (Inv. No. SK_WS_XIV_263) and a collar made up of 26 pairs of convex, slightly...
Die Potence (Wappenkette) für den Herold des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies
The embroidered shield on the back of the Cope of the Virgin Mary shows the Mother of God (the shield give the cope its name), while the orphreys are...
Marienmantel des Meßornats des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies (Pluviale)
The large-scale picture in the centre of the parament represents the so-called Notgottes, the depiction of the broken body of Christ. This does not...
Antependium des Meßornats des Ordens vom Goldenen Vlies (Retrofrontale, Rücklaken)

Zeremoniell am Kaiserhof

Made from about 10.5 kg of gold, this precious set along with 10,000 guilders was the wedding present of the Carinthian estates (thus the Carinthian...
Taufkanne und Taufschüssel der Taufgarnitur
Künstler: Spanisch
The present small ewer is a masterpiece of Rudolphine court art and was probably created in Prague between 1601 and 1605. The fine goldsmith's work...
Taufkännchen
Zugeschrieben an: Jan Vermeyen
For the funerals of members of the Imperial House the following ceremony was traditional: after the cortège arrived in the Capuchin Crypt, the...
Schrank zur Aufbewahrung der Schlüssel zu den Särgen der Habsburger
Künstler: Alexander Albert
At court, christenings were not a family affair but a festive act of state to introduce the newborn child into public life. The baptism followed a...
Die von Maria Theresia gestiftete Taufgarnitur
 
 

The Holy Roman Empire

Eight hinged plates form the octagonal body of the imperial crown. Four smaller plates bear pictorial representations from the Old Testament in...
Die Reichskrone
The globe consists of gold foil over a resinous mass to give the chased hollow object additional strength. The four intersecting bands and upper pole...
Der Reichsapfel
The Ceremonial Sword belongs to the set of vestments used for the coronation of Frederick II as Holy Roman emperor in 1220. Closely related to the...
Das Zeremonienschwert
The magnificent scabbard of this sword was probably produced around 1084 in Italy for the coronation of Emperor Henry IV. Each side depicts seven...
Das Reichsschwert (Mauritiusschwert)
The Vienna Coronation Gospels represent one of the most beautiful manuscripts of the Middle Ages and a major work of court art at the time of...
Das Krönungsevangeliar
Künstler: Hans von Reutlingen
The Holy Lance is a Carolingian winged lance with a pointed, oval aperture chiselled out of the centre of the blade in order to insert an ornamental...
Die Heilige Lanze
The Imperial Cross was created during the reign of Emperor Conrad II (1024-1039) and is a masterpiece of the medieval goldsmith's art. Its front side...
Das Reichskreuz
St. Stephen's Purse is a reliquary in the form of a purse (pilgrim's bag). The original wooden core contains hollow recesses in which relics were...
Die Stephansbursa
Leather cases exactly fitted to the objects they were designed to hold were made to store the imperial regalia and also to protect them while they...
Das Futteral für die Reichskrone
The simple gold box was designed to store the three chain links venerated as parts of the iron chains with which the Apostles Peter, Paul and John...
Das Reliquiar mit den Kettengliedern
Künstler: Italienisch, Florenz (?)
After the imperial regalia were taken to Nuremberg in 1424, the insignia and relics were put on public display each year. At the Feast of the Holy...
Tuchreliquiare
Künstler: Hans Krug d. J.
The precious mantle embroidered with gold, pearls and cloisonné-enamelled plaques was part of the coronation set of robes used at the coronations of...
Der Krönungsmantel
Künstler: Palermo, Königliche Hofwerkstätten
The garment has the shape of a dalmatica (a loose unbelted garment with full sleeves) with a narrow upper body, sleeves that narrow towards the lower...
Die blaue Tunicella (Dalmatika)
Künstler: Palermo, Königliche Hofwerkstätten
The Alba is a garment with a complicated history. While the precious trimming can be dated to the 12th century, the white silk dates from the 18th...
Alba
Künstler: Palermo, Königliche Hofwerkstätten
Each of the Hose is essentially made out of a single piece of red samite in the shape of pontifical stockings. Only the toe has been sewn on...
Die Strümpfe
Künstler: Palermo, Königliche Hofwerkstätten
Made of plain red samite, the gloves are densely decorated on the back. Golden tendrils embroidered in couched work fill the ground upon which enamel...
Die Handschuhe
The Stola is sewn together from eight pieces of differing sizes cut from the same gold fabric. The black silk used for the eagles has largely fallen...
Die Stola
 

Gemstones, Jewellery and Commemorative Pieces

This giant emerald was found in Colombia's Muzu mine, which had been discovered by the Spanish in 1558. The uncut stone, consisting of a larger and a...
Smaragdgefäß
Künstler: Dionysio Miseroni
An inscription on the back cover plate of the 416-carat stone informs us that Emperor Leopold I (1640-1705) acquired the "VNschatzbare Kleynodt so...
Hyazinth "La Bella"
This crown is associated with a short historical episode. The Counter-Reformatory policies of Rudolph II met with resistance from the Lutheran...
Die Krone Stefan Bocskais
The crown of this sturdy gold tree, with ist fancyful branchings from which 16 portrait medaillons are suspended, is conceived on the outlines of a...
Stammbaum mit den Königen und Kaisern des Hauses Habsburg
Künstler: Christoph Dorsch
Princess Stéphanie of Belgium received this matched set of jewellery as a gift from the city of Budapest on the occasion of her marriage to Crown...
Der ungarische Opalschmuck
Künstler: Gebrüder Egger
On the occasion of her troops' victory in 1757 over the armies of Frederick II of Prussia at the Battle of Kolín (in Bohemia, now in the Czech...
Großkreuz des Militär-Maria-Theresien-Ordens
Künstler: J. A. Schöll
On the occasion of her troops' victory in 1757 over the armies of Frederick II of Prussia at the Battle of Kolín (in Bohemia, now in the Czech...
Kreuz des Militär-Maria-Theresien-Ordens
Künstler: Johann Michael Grosser
On the occasion of her troops' victory in 1757 over the armies of Frederick II of Prussia at the Battle of Kolín (in Bohemia, now in the Czech...
Stern des ungarischen St. Stephans-Ordens
Künstler: Joseph und Anton Biedermann
On the occasion of her troops' victory in 1757 over the armies of Frederick II of Prussia at the Battle of Kolín (in Bohemia, now in the Czech...
Kreuz des ungarischen St. Stephans-Ordens
The bowl, including the handles, is cut from a single block of agate and is the largest surviving work of the lapidary art of antiquity. That it was...
Achatschale
Vier Schmuckstücke aus dem Besitz der Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich
The cradle was a gift from the city of Paris to Napoleon and his second wife, Marie-Louise, on the occasion of the birth of their son,...
Das Thron-Wiegenbett des Königs von Rom
Künstler: Pierre-Paul Prud´hon
On 2 April 1810, Napoleon (1769-1821) married Archduchess Marie Louise (1791-1847), the eldest daughter of his political opponent, the Holy Roman...
Kaiser Napoleon
Künstler: Jean Baptiste Isabey
Marie Louise is depicted in her wedding dress. The red velvet cloak with ermine lining had already been worn by Josephine de Beauharnais, Napoleon's...
Kaiserin Marie Louise
Künstler: Jean Baptiste Isabey
 

The Empire of Austria

This crown is the most important work of the European goldsmiths art. It was made in Prague in 1602 as the personal crown of Emperor Rudolf II, who...
Die Krone Kaiser Rudolfs II., später Krone des Kaisertums Österreichs
Künstler: Jan Vermeyen
Early records state that the shaft of the present sceptre was turned from the legendary "alicorn", i.e., the horn of a unicorn. In reality, however,...
Das Szepter
Künstler: Andreas Osenbruck
The Imperial Orb follows the formal concept introduced in the Crown of Rudolph II (Inv. No. SK_WS_XIa_1). As in the Crown, the decoration consists of...
Der Reichsapfel
Künstler: Andreas Osenbruck
The mantle with train is made of red velvet and studded with a pattern of gold-threaded embroidery. It consists of double eagles holding a sword and...
Der Mantel des österreichischen Kaisers
Entwurf: Philipp von Stubenrauch
Front and back: the double-headed eagle is represented in raised appliqué work, wearing the two crowns of Hungary and Bohemia, above which is the...
Wappenrock für den Herold des Kaisertums Österreich
 

Österreich als Erzherzogtum

The painting shows the Archducal Coronet made for the ceremonial entry into Frankfurt of Joseph II (1741-1790) on the occasion of his coronation as...
Darstellung der Barockkopie des österreichischen Erzherzoghutes
This narrow robe, which widens slightly towards the hem, has an asymmetrical opening at the front with three buttons. It has long sleeves that are...
Das Erzherzogskleid
Among the oldest privileges of the rulers of Austria was that of having the hereditary banner carried before them. For this reason, the banner is...
Das österreichische Erbpanier
These pieces of hunting equipment served the holders of certain court offices as badges of dignity. The ruler entrusted members of his court of...
Falknerzeug und Hundehalse
 
 

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