On Tuesdays, the Royal Palace's museum teachers take over the Instagram account and present their favorite objects from the #royalcollections. Today, museum teacher Maria Ekström tells about a portrait-like bronze bust at the Royal Palace:
In the State Apartments, stands one of two magnificent royal portrait busts; namely Karl XII, sculpted by Jacques-Philippe Bouchardon in 1747. In 1746, the same year as Gustav III was born, Karl XII's coffin was opened in Riddarholm Church for the first time since his death in 1718. And most likely Bouchardon may have been present at the opening, when his immediate superior, curator Carl Hårleman, was responsible for the grave opening as well as the preparation of the Karolinska grave choir. According to a contemporary courtier JG Sack, who had seen Karl XII in his youth and in Lund in 1717, the bronze bust was "excessively similar and well-built" and it had previously been set up on a pedestal in Lovisa Ulrika's audience room in Kungshuset out on Riddarholmen and is said to have been much appreciated by the royal couple and later on by their son Gustav III.
The bust can be seen in Gustav III's State Bedchamber at the Royal Palace.
The bust in Gustav III's State Bedchamber.