Artworks Catalogue

 Brühl, Augustusburg Palace, the stove in the First Antechamber of the Summerappartment (LVR-Amt für Denkmalpflege Rheinland, photo by Silvia Margrit Wolf, 2012)
Brühl, Augustusburg Palace, the stove in the Second Antechamber of the Summerappartment (LVR-Amt für Denkmalpflege Rheinland, photo by Silvia Margrit Wolf, 2012)
Brühl, Augustusburg Palace, the stove in the Audiencechamber of the Summerappartment (LVR-Amt für Denkmalpflege Rheinland, photo by Silvia Margrit Wolf, 2012)

Location

Germany, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Brühl

Augustusburg Palace (Schloss Augustusburg)

Original location:

Germany

Artwork

Decoration of the Three Stoves in the Summer Appartement of the Augustusburg Palace in Brühl

Type

Stove

Inscriptions

  1. ELECTOR SECVRVS VBIQUE SPIRAT (shield in the hands of the female sculpture, stove Second Antechamber)

Critical History

In 1741, J. G. Hartl made three faience stoves under the direction of Francois Cuvilliés the Elder for the Summer Appartment in the Augustusburg Palace in Brühl. The stoves were already in the 18th century referred to as "Bavarian". Gustav Woeckl attributed the sculptural decoration to J. G. Hartl and the models for it to Johann Baptist Straub.1 Peter Volk followed this idea in his monograph about Johann Baptist Straub.2

Construction / Execution

The decoration is described as follows:
Stove in the First Antechamber: heads of young women with long necks, on top: Chronos with hourglass and globe with a putto.
Stove in the Second Antechamber: heads of young women with long necks, cartouche with the head of a lion, relief with two cherubs carrying the signs of religious and secular power, presenting a crown to a pyramide. On each side a sitting woman and a man, she is holding a shield with the inscription: SELECTOR SECVRVS VBIQUE SPIRAT" with a pseudo-chronostichon. On top: the bust of Elector Clemens August with two cherubs, one has a ring in the form of a snake.
Stove in the Audience Chamber: Stove decorated with war trophies: the head of Mars, at his sides atlant-herms. On top: a sculpture of the sitting Minerva with two cherubs.

Components

Sculpture
Completed: 1741
Material(s): clay

Comment

The stoves are made of clay and have a white glaze and gilded ornaments, the sculptural decoration is made of "faience and gilded".

Images

  1. Brühl, Augustusburg Palace, the stove in the First Antechamber of the Summerappartment (LVR-Amt für Denkmalpflege Rheinland, photo by Silvia Margrit Wolf, 2012)
  2. Brühl, Augustusburg Palace, the stove in the Second Antechamber of the Summerappartment (LVR-Amt für Denkmalpflege Rheinland, photo by Silvia Margrit Wolf, 2012)
  3. Brühl, Augustusburg Palace, the stove in the Audiencechamber of the Summerappartment (LVR-Amt für Denkmalpflege Rheinland, photo by Silvia Margrit Wolf, 2012)

Catalogue entry prepared by Rupert Karbacher

Recommended citation: Rupert Karbacher, Decoration of the Three Stoves in the Summer Appartement of the Augustusburg Palace in Brühl, in: TrArS – Tracing the Art of the Straub Family, 2018, (accessed 14/08/2020) URL

Sources and Bibliography

  1. Gerhard P. Woeckel, Die drei Rokokoöfen des Schlosses Augustusburg zu Brühl, in: Alte und moderne Kunst 70, Innsbruck, 1963, 22-28
  2. Peter Volk, Johann Baptist Straub 1704–1784, München, Hirmer Verlag, 1984

Notes

1 Gerhard P. Woeckel, 1963,  22–28.

2 Peter Volk, 1984, 186.