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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
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.