Discovery of a Japanese rarity at Schloss Eggenberg
From time to time, Japanese works of art are discovered in Europe that one can describe without exaggeration as sensational. One of these is a fascinating early 17th-century Japanese folding screen with scenes of Osaka (Jap. Osaka zu byôbu), which survived unrecognised for over 250 years as wall decoration in the Japanese Cabinet at Schloss Eggenberg.
In the course of the refurbishment five rooms were endowed with particularly charming painted wall coverings. The dark north wing of the building is notably enhanced and enlivened by bright scenes depicting aristocratic society at the time with illusionistic views of the garden and the open countryside. They illustrate the pastimes and amusements of those who had commissioned the work and show how the rooms themselves were used.
Every year in June an extraordinary “garden caprice” dating back to the Biedermeier period bursts into bloom to form a masterpiece of gardening in Eggenberg Park. The caprice in question is Jérôme Count Herberstein’s Rose Mound, originally created in the 1830s. A path winds its way through picturesque contrasts of dark conifers and magnificent old rose bushes right up to the summit with its welcome shade of a Chinese-style parasol.