he State Bedroom

he State Bedroom. Designed by V. Brenna (1799). Water-colour by L. Premazzi, 1873 THE STATE BEDROOM terminates the main block suite of the rooms decorated by Brenna. The room is noted for a dainty harmony of architecture and colour concept. The glitter of gilt finishing the interior seemed to dissolve under tranquillity of all shades of blue. Even the mantelpiece inserts were made of lapis lazuli. The bedroom walls sectioned into panels were upholstered with light-blue Lyons silk woven with silver threads. The marble pilasters painted in imitation of the arabesques of Raphael's loggias in Vatican matched the wall ornamentation in style.

Two mirrors in gilded frames were set into the walls, one over the mantelpiece and the other - opposite, the multiple reflections in both producing an impression of receding sparkling gilt arcades. The floor space by the wall opposite the window was fenced in a low gilt carved balustrade to hold a gilded canopied bed made by A. Jacob, a famous French cabinet-maker of the late 18th century. The balustrade base pillars carried two large-size dark-blue porcelain vases made at the Sevres Factory in 1782. The artist George Doyen painted the round plafond Psyche's Wedding in smoky blue hues to match the room colouring.

The Dressing Room

The Dressing Room. Designed by A. Rinaldi (1770s) and V. Brenna (1790s). Waler-colour by E. Hau, 1878 THE DRESSING ROOM, a state apartment in the side section of the main block overlooking the Private Garden, with its coffered ceiling, soft colour scheme, exquisitely delicate stuccowork, shapely casings of white- and black-streaked pale blue imitation marble, and the intricate pattern of the inlaid parquetry, reveals Antonio Rinaldi's distinctive idiom. The marble portrait bas-reliefs looking as if suspended from the vertically disposed moulded garlands are associated with Vincenzo Brenna. During the Great Patriotic War of 1941 - 1945 the more valuable items of decor (the large porcelain set, mantelpiece vases and the bas-reliefs) were saved. The room interior remarkably integral in its architectural and decorative features is at present under comprehensive restoration.

The Green Corner Room

The Green Corner Room. Designed by A. Rinaldi (1770s). Water-colour by E. Hau, 1880 THE GREEN CORNER ROOM is a small apartment linking the Greek Gallery with the central block. The room has retained A. Rinaldi's decoration. The plafond vault and the window recesses were ornamented with war-trophy mouldings and portrait medallions. Expressive moulded compositions of Roman armour were arranged over the imitation marble door casings.

A. Elkina, N. Tretyakov

Main Page  •  Preview  •  The Antechamber. The Marble Dining Room  •  The Throne Hall.  •  Rinaldi's Communicating Room. The White Hall  •  The Picture Hall. The Crimson Drawing Room  •  The State Bedroom. The Dressing Room. The Green Corner Room  •  The Weapon Gallery. The Chesme Gallery. The Greek Gallery  •  The Late 18th-century Private Apartments  •  The Lower Dressing Room. The Lower Throne Hall. The Lower Chevalier Chamber  •  The Gothic Gallery. The Chinese Gallery  •  The Oak Chamber. The Arsenal Block Drawing Room  •  The Chinz Chambers  •  The Arsenal Block Drawing Room. The Arsenal Hall

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