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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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YELLOW DRAWING ROOM, 1840s

The Yellow Drawing Room, 1840s (146 Kb)

The Yellow Drawing Room. 1840s.The Yellow Drawing Room is a magnificent specimen of the rich furnishings of an aristocratic palace of the middle of the nineteenth century. The fanciful and ponderous furniture is veneered with rosewood and has gilt carved decorations. It was manufactured in St Petersburg for one of the drawing rooms of the Winter Palace after the fire there in 1837, possibly after drawings by the architect Alexander Brullov. The upholstery of the furniture and the portraits on damask silk were manufactured at the Sapozhnikov Factory. Corner sofas, which could also serve as a console for vases, appeared at this time. These sofas concealed the corners and imparted the room with an air of greater comfort and softness. On the sofas stand porcelain and bronze vases in the form of craters with painted designs in gold (Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, 1828). On the console is the sculptural group Games of Cupids and a gilt bronze candelabrum (F. Chopin Bronze Smeltry, St Petersburg, mid-19th century).


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