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THE ORCHESTRAL R00M

The Orchestral Room (216 Kb)

The Orchestral RoomThe Orchestral Room is a quite simple interior with modest decor in the form of a painting, reconstructed after the war. The wide arched aperture uniting the Orchestral Room with the Throne Room did not originally have any doors and the two rooms were divided by a small barrier upholstered with red cloth. This room served as a form of musical loge, where the orchestra would sit. The only furnishings mentioned in the inventory are a glass lamp with three candles and curtains on the windows.

The Orchestral Room is at present an original museum of Russian sculpture. Five first-class works from various parts of Pavlovsk are gathered in this small room. Two works by Ivan Martos were transferred here from the park, where they were part of the monuments to Paul I's late daughters. The monument to Alexandra Pavlovna (1803-1811) is in front of the window and the monument to Elena Pavlovna (1806) is on the left. Opposite is the tombstone from the grave of N. Zagriazhsky (Ivan Martos, 1824), transferred from the Church of St Mary Magdalene, and two small marble statues by Mikhail Kozlovsky - Apollo the Hunter (1789) and Narcissus (1800). Among the other furnishings, perhaps the most interesting pieces are the sliding music-stand for ten musicians (D. Maggolini, circa 1790) and the musical clock (Torckler, England, 1780s). Beside the monument to Zagriazhsky is a patterned chest of drawers (A. Dasson, France, mid-19th century), a copy from the famous chest of drawers made by Jean Francois Riesener (1734-1806) in Fontainebleau.


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