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The staircase of the hunting lodge separates guests according to rank. Photo: Roberto Fortuna

The Staircase

A staircase covered in precious tiles

When the hunting guests stepped into the hall, they were shown to the staircase that led up to the first floor. The walls of the staircase were decorated with tiles depicting royal hunting motifs. Confusingly, they resemble Dutch tiles. But make no mistake. They are precious tiles manufactured in the Faience porcelain factory on Store Kongensgade in Copenhagen, and they have survived the best part of three centuries. The staircase would take distinguished guests up to the bel étage on the first floor. The servants’ quarters were situated in less glamorous surroundings on the second floor. The hierarchy between the king and all his subjects is evident in the layout of the hunting lodge.