The Palace Rooms:
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THE HALL OF WAR
The Hall of war (262 Кб)
The Hall of War was originally the Grand Duke's State Drawing Room. It was the Small Throne Room from 1797 to 1801 and the State Drawing Room from 1805. The name of the War Room corresponded to its decorative finish.
The War Room was restored after the war and currently contains eight carved gilt standard lamps (recreated after the war from photographs of late eighteenth century standard lamps) and a suite of curules (two originals of 1804-05, the rest are post-war copies). The plaster stove has been partially restored. The eight bas-reliefs in the supports of the vault were recast after the heavily damaged originals following their restoration in 1945-60.
The niches contain two ancient busts. To the right of the arch is a portrait of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus (late 2nd century AD) and between the windows is a portrait of the Roman Emperor Elagabalus (?) (early 3rd century AD). A third niche contains a portrait of the Roman commander Agrippa (head, 18th century copy from an antique). The War Room is temporaril home to an extremely elegant bronze lamp (P. Goutier (?) France, late 18th century) from the original furnishings of St Michael's Castle. It later found its way into the Imperial Hermitage and then into Gatchina Palace in the 1850s. In front of the window stands a porcelain (cobalt) vase from the Sevres Royal Manufactory near Paris, which was from 1805 in the Greek Hall.
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