The second mezzanine floor is home to the separate museum exhibition The english Residential Interior (19th-Early 20th Centuries). The main aim of the exhibition is to show the complex of objects that come together to form the furnishings of the interior. This includes furniture, works of decorative and applied art, sculptures and objects of everyday life dating from that period, without which it is impossible to imagine the residential interior. The exhibition also attempts to illustrate the stylistical evolution of the english interior over the entire course of the nineteenth century. The resulting exposition was created after a painstaking study of the wide iconographic material, archive documents and extensive memoir literature.
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THE VALET DE CHAMBRE ROOM
The Valet de Chambre Room (197 Kb)
The first interior after the introductory room is the Valet de Chambre Room. This is a typical interior of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Such small rooms were intended for the convenience of the valet on duty. The furnishings of the room are to be noted for their classic austerity and extreme simplicity Furniture in the "Jacob" style usually made of mahogany with drawn brass brackets, as seen here - was popular in Russia at the turn of the nineteenth century. Of especial interest is the sofa with drawers for bed linen, which was called a Schlafbannock. On the secretaire (J. Otto workshop, St Petersburg, 1797) are an incense vase (porcelain, Meissen, late 18th century), a portrait of Paul I (Vladimir Borovikovsky, 1796) and a lamp (Russia, late 18th century).
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