The more curious sculptures in the royal collections belong to Rosenborg Castle’s small, but well-preserved, group of wax busts from the 1600s and 1700s. The very life-like, life-sized figures represent, among others, Frederik III and his queen, Sophie Amalie, fashionably clad and coiffed in the style of their period, and the queen even wears imitation jewels made of wax and covered by pulverised fish scales.
In the residence palace at Amalienborg, many of the collection’s modern sculptures can be found; among others are Hans Pauli Olsen’s busts of the Royal Couple and their two sons. Moreover, at Fredensborg Palace, the Prince Consort keeps his large private collection of Asiatic jade figures and African masks, which are occasionally exhibited.
The Royal House’s largest publicly-accessible collection of modern sculptures is found in the park by Marselisborg Palace. Here, through several decades, the Royal Couple have gathered some 30 modern sculptures, including a five meter high vase by Peter Brandes along with works by, among others, Piet Hein, Robert Jacobsen, Poul Isbak and Jens Flemming Søren in company with some sculptures by the Prince Consort himself.