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Stables and Couch House

Two impressive buildings of Neo-Baroque Stables and modern yet with classicist elements Carriage House are a part of the Potocki’s £añcut residence. They were raised at the turn of the 19th and the 20th century on the basis of the design made by the French architect Armand Bauque and they were surrounded with a specially created ‘Park at the Stables’. Decorating and furnishing of the Grooming Room and the Harnessing Hall was conducted by the company from Vienna R. Ph. Waagner.

Stables contain the original part for mounting horses, the Grooming Room and the Hall where one may see horse-drawn carriages from the Museum Carriage Collection. Museum in £añcut holds two separate collections of horse-drawn carriages: historical one connected with the Potocki family which includes 55 carriages and a museum one – gathered after World War II and still open – which contains about 80 carriages.

£añcut Carriage House has an enormous Harnessing Hall with a glass roof and two Carriage Houses – Yellow and Black – on both sides of the Hall and the Grooming Room. The walls of the Hall are decorated with exotic trophies brought in 1924 from the safari by the last owner of the Castle and some European trophies. One may also find here carriages from the Museum Collection. The Grooming Room holds horse collars and carriage harnesses made in Paris by Hermes &Duprey and in Vienna by Schleuchter &Nideltz.

The most valuable mobile objects gathered in the Castle Carriage House constitute a priceless collection of horse-drawn carriages owned by the Potocki family. These luxurious carriages of different types and purposes were made by the most famous companies in Vienna, Paris or London such as Marius, Lohner, Labourdette or Rotchild. They are located in two Carriage Houses – carriages used for galas in one and carriages used everyday in the other. These carriages – although they are over 100 years old – remain in a very good condition and are still in their original forms owing to an excellent preservation. It is the only Carriage House in the world where apart from the historical residence one may & such rich and well preserved collection of carriages.

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Additional Photos by Krzysztof Dera (Fis2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14162 W: 163 N: 24470] (166645)
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