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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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BOUDOIR, 1820s

The boudoir, 1820s. (196 Kb)

The boudoir. 1820s.The boudoir was usually located next to the bedroom. Here, the mistress of the household could attend to such business as correspondence. The children's piano (from the White Church estate) was used for playing music with the children, when they visited their mother's rooms. There is a mahogany bureau (Hambs workshop, St Petersburg, 1810s) with an oriental alabaster clock (early 19th century) and gilt bronze candlesticks along the sides (Russia, early 19th century). The suite of armchairs was manufactured from water-seasoned birchwood upholstered with embroideries on canvas (designed by Carlo Rossi, Bobkov workshop, St Petersburg). On the corner posts are large porcelain vases (Imperial Porclain Factory, St Petersburg, 1820s) - Allegory of Painting (S. Golov) and Allegory of Music (V. Mesheriakov). There is also a carved mahogany Psyche mirror (St Petersburg, 1820s).


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