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62: The Malachite Room    
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The Malachite Room of the Winter Palace, designed by the architect Alexander Briullov in the late 1830s was used as an official drawing-room of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, wife of Nicholas I.
The unique embellishment of the room includes columns, pilasters, fire-place trimmings and decorative vases - all made of malachite in the "Russian mosaic" technique. The interior looks particularly impressive due to the combination of bright green of the stone, rich gilding and saturated crimson of the hangings. The big covered malachite vase and the furniture produced in the workshop of Peter Gambs from sketches by Auguste de Montferrand were saved during the fire of 1837. They had been part of the interior of the Jasper Reception Room that existed here before the fire. The display includes works of applied art made of malachite in the early 19th century as well as small cupboards decorated with mosaic panels (Peterhof lLapidary Works, late 19th century). Between June and October 1917 the Malachite Room was the venue for the meetings of the Provisional Government.

 

 

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