France – Denmark 1700-1780
"We will dress in French, even if the cold may chill us in Danish." This was a wry comment made by Holberg’s fellow playwright Frederik Horn as regards the arrival of Rococo fashion in Denmark.
Under Christian VI (who ruled from 1730 to 46) and Frederik V (ruled from 1746 to 66) French fashion was not all that was coveted; French art was also in demand.
The first purchase of such art was made for the newly built Christiansborg Palace. The prudish pietism of the age, however, necessitated some moderations to the liberal-minded French Rococo.
In 1741 the Court received 139 French paintings (overdoors and overmantels) for the interiors. The pieces included figure paintings by Francois Boucher, Nicolas Lancret, and Jean Francois de Troy, animal paintings by Oudry and battle paintings by Joseph Parrocel.
As fate would have it, none of these works survived the palace fire of 1794. In this room some of those French artists are represented in the form of other works.