The Palace Rooms:
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THE CARPET STUDY
The Carpet Study (303 Kb)
Following in the footsteps of the guests as they passed from the ceremonial and somewhat chilly state rooms into the cosier and more intimate chambers, we proceed to the Carpet Room. Like the symmetrical Library of Maria Feodorovna and unlike the previous rooms (Italian, Greek, War Rooms), where the artistic effect is achieved largely by architectural means - the form of the room, its proportions and order - here the accent is on the decor and the three large carpets covering the walls. The room as designed by Vencenzo Brenna and his projects feature the gobelins presented to Pavel and Maria in 1782 by King Louis XVI of France. From 1790 to 1793 these gobelins did indeed hang on the wall. They remained there until 1931, when the Soviet government sold them for hard currency (they are now in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California).
The gobelins with medallions were executed after cartoons by F. Bouche on a background of raspberry-pink and woven all over in a flowery pattern. They originally hung alongside yellow curtains edged with a border of lilac flowers. The carved gilt canape and chairs (A. Jacob workshop, 1780s), still part of the decor even today, were also upholstered with yellow material woven with lilac bouquets (the upholstery was replaced by fabric with eighteenth century.
The monumental mahogany and ivory writing desk is decorated with copies of ancient cameos and is a unique example of Russian palace furniture. It was manufactured in 1800 after drawings by Vincenzo Brenna and Carlo Rossi for St Michael's Castle in the workshops of Otto and Hambs, with the participation of N. Fai and possibly Maria Feodorovna herself. The desk stood in the Emperor's study at the time of his murder and legend has it that part of its balustrade was broken as Paul attempted to fight off his assailants (the broken section was restored during the Soviet period). After Paul's death, the desk was removed to the residential chambers of the Pavlovsk Palace (the Common Study on the ground floor).
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