A TOUR AROUND THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION “THE DECORATIVE AND APPLIED ART OF RUSSIA OF THE XVIII – FIRST THIRD OF THE XIX CENTURIES”

01 january – 31 december

The rooms housing the exhibition “The Decorative and Applied Art of Russia of the XVIII 
– first third of the XIX centuries” feature works of Russian glassmakers, ceramists, enamellers, and bone carvers. Among them are luxurious crystal engraved gift goblets from the times of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great. Particularly noteworthy are unique liturgical items, such as the Reliquary Cross and Panagia, which date back to the XVII century. They were made using filigree enamel, an expensive technique at the time. Among the oldest exhibits are chests with metal fittings and decorative trimmings, inkpots, Ural brass dishes of the XVII and early XVIII centuries. Brass mugs from the Demidovs’ plant in the Urals are striking samples of ceremonial metal tableware, which was used in table-setting.

As a result of painstaking collecting efforts, the museum has an array of pieces manufactured at the Imperial Porcelain Factory, as well as early products of Francis Gardner’s factory. Unique creations of Kholmogory bone carvers are among the gems of the museum collection. Rare pieces of furniture include an armchair, a cupboard and a cabinet made in the Jacob style. The cabinet is decorated with a bronze clock with the figurines of Cupid and Psyche, and on the fluted column stands a stone vase decorated with bronze, made by the Imperial Peterhof Lapidary Works.

The Russian Empire hall displays a mahogany furniture set created in the first third of the XIX century for the Courtiers’ Building in Peterhof. Its monumental forms and a heavy carved ornament covered with bronze paint look like a precursor of the artistic ideas of the late Nikolaev-era Classicism. A more intimate and solid mahogany furniture set comes from Prince Gagarin’s palace in Novinsky Boulevard. The interiors of the house were designed by the architect Joseph de Beauvais in the 1820s.

Date / Time: by appointment
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Price:
group of up to 5 people – 1500 ₽
group of up to 15 people – 3000 ₽

entrance tickets are purchased on the day of the program

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