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THE WHITE DINING ROOM
The White Dining Room (156 Kb)
The White Dining Room was designed by Charles Cameron (1784-87). Its walls were decorated with channeled Corinthian pilasters. Three large French doors lead out into the park, and there is another door leading to the Dark Pantry in the middle of the opposite wall. Although an agreement was struck in 1783 with the master Bernasconi for the finish of the Dining Room, the museum archives contain three projects by Charles Cameron for its finish - a plafond, capitals of pilasters and part of the drawing of a frieze. When comparing Cameron's blueprints with life, it can be seen that his concepts were largely put into practice. The only addition after the fire of 1803 was the meander running along the perimeter of the plafond, based on a drawing by Andrei Voronikhin. Inventories of the room dating from the late eighteenth century mention "four similar bronze lamps ... sixteen white brackets made from iron, each for four candles, were fastened to the walls ... four large pictures hang on the walls."
In 1815 the Dining Room was made into the Drawing Room. The following year, the lights were replaced by lamps of frosted glass (the details have survived and the lamps are currently awaiting reconstruction). In 1858 the Dining Room was turned into a reception room by the Grand Duchess Alexandra Josifovna. That same year, the plafond made by Francesco Fontebasso was transferred here from the New Study. After 1890, this room was the Study of the Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich. After the completion of restoration work in 1970, however, the Dining Room was returned to its former appearance.
The first fireplace is adorned with the Astronomy clock (France, 1795-1800), on the second stands the Eavesdropper clock (France, 1880s). Along the sides of both fireplaces are candelabra and bronze decorations in the shape of ancient oil lamps (France, 1780s). As in the next room, card tables stand along the walls. Card games were often held here after meals. As was the Russian custom, a billiards room usually lay adjacent to the dining room.
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