Though the building and decoration of the Palace was carried out by a succession of architects, its interiors and architecture show a great unity of style; the Palace's decor is completely integrated with its architecture. Its vast art collections won the Palace world renown.
Articles of ivory and amber
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The Pavlovsk Palace owns a large and unique collection of clocks. French clocks of the end of XVIII - beginning of XIX centuries must be marked at the first time. Among them there are outstanding examples fulfilled on special orders. Some of them have no analogies. The core of the collection was founded during the Pavel and Maria Feodorovna trip over Europe. Later some clocks were acquired from the St Michael's Castle, the official residence of emperor Pavel. A large amount of decorative bronze pieces was ordered in France for the St Michael's Castle. Famous art experts, such as: Xavier Labensky, Andrei Scholtzen, Jan Fabre were among suppliers to the Emperor.
Pavel was killed in his St Michael's Castle in 1801. After this, all artistic decoration was displaced in other Palaces. Some pieces of it had come to the Pavlovsk Palace in the period from 1801 till 1806.The most famous among the clocks are: Lion after the drawning of Francois Villon, Portico clock (1799, workshop of Charpantier), Vase (workshop of L. Leglasse). The collection also includes English musical clocks (workshop of P. Torlker), Austrian clocks encrusted by ivory, and German clocks with corpuses by the famous furniture master David Roentgen, and, of course, Russian clocks of the St Petersburg workshops.
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