Court Table in the Grand Antechamber of the Vienna Hofburg

Painting from the Wedding Cycle in the Hall of Ceremonies of Schönbrunn Palace
Martin van Meytens and workshop, Vienna, 1760/63, (detail)

Specific tableware was reserved for special, high-ranking occasions such as coronation and wedding banquets: For such occasions, a solid gold service existed at the Viennese Court which Emperor Francis Stephen I had commissioned for the marriage of his son Joseph to Isabella of Parma.