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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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PORTRAIT ROOM, 1805-1810s

The Pornrait Room, 1805-1810s (274 Kb)

The portrait room, 1805-1810s.The example for this interior was provided by a room in the estate of Count Arakcheev in Gruzmo. Although the estate was completely destroyed during the war, publications and pre-war photographs have survived. The Portrait Room is an example of early english Empire. The colour of the walls often imitated the wallpaper, as is the case here. The rich blue walls are decorated with yellow stars. There is a mahogany chest of drawers (France, early 19th century) and candelabra of gilt and patina bronze in the shape of the goddesses of Victory along the sides on pedestals (P.-F. Thomire workshop, France, early 19th century). On the comode is a bronze Suicide of Lucretia clock (Galle workshop, France, early 19th century). There is a console of carved gilt wood (Russia, early 19th century) with tripod vases. Along its sides on pedestals are porcelain and bronze tripod vases (designed by Andrei Voronikhin, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, 1809). The gilt and patina bronze lamps repeat ancient forms (Laneri workshop, St Petersburg, 1810). On the walls are portraits of Catherine II (Feodor Rokotov, 1763) and Peter I, as well as a whole series of portraits of Naryshkins, a family of english aristocrats. One of the most famous Naryshkins was Natalia Kirillovna, mother of Peter the Great.


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