“It was the first time I had seen such architecture…Pastoral scenes unfolded in light-hearted colours across ceilings that were enclosed in a studiously asymmetrical icing of scrolls and sheaves…The sensation of wintry but glowing interior space, the airiness of the snowy convolutions…were all made more buoyant still by reflections from the real snow outside.”

Patrick Leigh Fermor on the palace at Bruchsal, in A Time of Gifts. Almost ten years on from seeing it myself I can recall the beauty of the central staircase, with matched salons on either side and a canopied ceiling ascending to heaven.

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