The Gothic Gallery

The Arsenal Block Gothic Gallery. Designed by R. Kuzmin (1847-1851).  Water-colour by E. Hau, 1878 THE striking GOTHIC GALLERY arranged on the ground floor of the Arsenal Block along the apartments of Nicholas I (facing the courtyard) was conceived by R. Kuzmin as a retrospect in 1847-1851. Medieval aspect was prompted by the elongated proportions, Gothic vaults, fanning-out thin columns, stained-glass windows, oak-wood wainscots, typical ornaments and pointed arches. The gallery housed a collection of 18th-century portraits, chinaware and pieces of furniture made by Andrey Tur after Oriental specimens.

The Chinese Gallery

The Chinese Gallery. Designed by R. Kuzmin (1847-1851). Water-colour by E. Hau, 1877 THE CHINESE GALLERY was designed by the architect Roman Kuzmin on the main floor of the Arsenal Block, its windows overlooking the Dutch Gardens. The gallery runs along the palace facade above the Gothic Gallery. Similar to the Gothic Gallery, all the window and door casings, wainscoting and parquetry were made of finely polished oak-wood. The inner pointed window frames were decorated on top with stained-glass panes looking like medieval tracery work. One was stunned with the abundance of Oriental pieces of art: chinaware (vases, dishes, goblets, cups, statuettes, vials and vessels), lacquered objects of various applications, shapes, colours and sizes, pieces of furniture gold-painted or stone-carved - thousands upon thousands of exhibits arranged in rows several tiers high rendered an inimitable effect with their exotic beauty.

A. Elkina, N. Tretyakov

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