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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2004, 02:19:22 PM »
here are some of the private apartments of the Yusupov palace that, for some silly reason, visitors to palace never seem to take photos of.   or if they do, they never feel compelled to share[/i] them.....


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SOME OF THE ELDER FELIKS' APARTMENTS
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the "Musical Drawing Room"
(this may be the room the younger Feliks referred to when he mentioned a room where the instruments sat in silence...dusty & unused.    however, this older image looks more like a salon, than a music room to me.)


a corner of the same room, today.
(the elder Feliks' apartments were situated on the ground floor & faced  the Moika canal.   they communicated with his wife's apartments by means of a wooden staircase that went directly from his apartments to hers.)
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the Library

another view of the Library
(some of the Billiard Room's decoration can just be seen through the
doorway)

Billiard Room
 
close-up of the chairs in the Billiard Room
(note the pool-sticks {queus?} in the corner)


the 'Buffet'
(intended as a small family dining room)

another view of the 'Buffet'
(i believe it's used as gift-shop these days)

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ROOMS FROM THE APARTMENTS OF FELIKS & IRINA
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the Large Drawing Room
(in it's present form)


the Large Drawing Room
(as it was before the revolution)


the Lesser Ballroom
(note the yellow marble columns described in Feliks' book LOST SPLENDOR.)


Irina's Silver Boudoir

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APARTMENT BELONGING TO ZENAîDA NIKOLAEVNA
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a corner of Zenaîda's bedroom


the Porcelain Boudior


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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2004, 07:16:38 PM »
Thanks, great pics!

When you reach your limit on photobucket, if you pay them as little as a $10 donation they will extend your limit. I know some people on another board that did that. Also you could always start another free account ;) Please don't delete your wonderful pics  :'(

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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #32 on: February 03, 2005, 08:47:26 AM »
The Wandering Camera site has just published four albums of the palace interiors. The texts are in Russian, but even without them the photos are worth seeing.

The 1st album. To continue, click on the right arrow at the page bottom.

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« Reply #33 on: February 03, 2005, 12:28:33 PM »
THANKS FOR POSTING THAT WONDERFUL LINK!!!!

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« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2005, 02:57:09 PM »
I've just spent hours on the Waundering Camera Web Site....after playing with it for a while I got it in English....tho I couldn't say HOW. It is THE MOST MARVELOUS picture site I have ever seen.  Mike you are so sweet to post it!!            Arleen

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« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2005, 03:17:15 PM »
Mike,

WOW!

Beautiful pics.

I'm trying to get the exact color of pink in the last picture for my dining room.   The colors are stunning in these pics.

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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2005, 03:58:12 PM »
BEAUTIFUL!  :o

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« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2005, 03:51:51 AM »
Thank you, Mike.  A real treasure. This was the first time I've seen the Yusupov private theatre. Amazing! Always lovely to see these buildings though they lack most of the original furniture and paintings. But this is the case with nearly all the historical stuff. We see fragments of past taken from their surroundings.

For others as slow as me. It took a minute to figure it out where this site starts. So here's the link to the main page in English. Translated pages are marked with yellow:
http://www.enlight.ru/camera/index_e.htm

Any translators here? What is this in the Yusupov palace in pics 7-11? A Mauritanian Bath? 'Mavritanskaja' was the only word I think I understand. Where did the idea come from? It looks so wonderfully decorative place!
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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2005, 10:38:06 AM »
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What is this in the Yusupov palace in pics 7-11? A Mauritanian Bath?

It's the Moorish reception room. The basin in the middle is a fountain! The room's original purpose was to provide the prince with a place where to greet and entertain his Turkish and other Moslem guests. The room could be entered directly from the enbankment, thus making it unnessesary for the host to meet such guests at the main entrance as the Oriental etiquette would require.
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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2005, 09:50:32 PM »
Johanna, thanks for the link to the Yusupov Palace Moorish Room photos. They bring back fond memories of my visit to the Palace. This room was done in the Moorish style, much in vogue at the time. Almost all palaces and mansions in St. Petersburg had a room done in the same style (either smoking rooms, boudoirs, studys or bathrooms) : I have seen a few of them. Some others have been destroyed, such as the wife of Nicholas I’s Bathroom in the Winter Palace and, of course, Nicholas II’s Bathroom at the AP.

Adding to what Mike wrote, the room was designed by Ipolit Monighetti in the 1860s (and apparently later modified by architect Nicholas Stepanov in the 1890s). According to Felix Yusupov’s memoirs, the Moorish Room, located next to his father’s Study,  was an exact replica of a room of the Alhambra Palace in Spain. As Greg King wrote (in his biography of Felix) : « Divans and tables of sandalwood, along with plush pillows and water pipes, lay scattered across the inlaid marble and mosaic floor. (…) In the center of the room stood an onyx fountain which eight jets of water played at the touch of a switch. Around the cornice of the room, carved into marble and onyx panels, were inscriptions from the Koran ». With all the furnishings it must have looked quite exotic! But not entirely inappropriate, as the Yusupov ancesters were Muslim and – as Felix recalls in his memoirs – even claimed to be direct descendants of Prophet Mohammed’s nephew Ali… no less!

But when I saw the room, I didn’t think about them, but rather about their last male descendant, Felix, who apparently had a lot of fun in this room! In his memoirs he writes he liked this room a lot and that, when his father was away, he gathered all their Oriental looking servants there and, dressed up in some fancy costume, he played the role of an Oriental despot, surrounded by his slave servants :P . Alas, one day, as Greg King wrote (quoting him again here, which will spare me of having to translate Felix’s own recollections) : « Felix’s father burst into the Moorish Room at the Moika Palace only to find his son standing before the fountain dressed in a makeshift sultan costume and wearing his mother’s jewels, a half-naked Arab servant lying prone at his feet while the boy brandished a long ceremonial dagger  :o . » Felix adds that his father, failing to recognize his talent for theatrics, made a terrible scene  >:(  and ordered the whole group to get the hell out of there! Which prompted the sultan and his court to flee in a panic. It was the last the Moorish Room would see of Felix’s antics as his father barred him from coming back! :D
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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #40 on: February 09, 2005, 03:44:50 AM »
(It's me Johanna. Changed my name...)

Thank you, Daniel and Mike. Ok, Moorish room - and more precisely, Moorish reception room. I had forgot all about that. My thoughts just flew, wrong, to the wonderful film 'Hamam, Turkish Bath'.

It's been a while since I read the memoires but surely I remember this 'play' of Felix and how his father got angry. He must have been very puzzled most of the time of his son's ideas. I just thought the whole incident happened in his father's rooms.
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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #41 on: February 09, 2005, 02:16:17 PM »
Thank you Mike and Mia for the link to this wonderful website.   Amidst the all magnficent splendours of the Yusupov Palace on the Moika, and much though I love the theatre, my favourite is the Moorish Room.   Its atmosphere is quite extraordinary.

The, fairly-recently appointed, Director of the Yusupov Palace is a friend of mine.   A very beautiful lady of refined taste and style, I would not be surprised to discover that she is behind the introduction of this website.  

By coincidence, her name is Irina.

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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #42 on: February 09, 2005, 02:38:26 PM »
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The, fairly-recently appointed, Director of the Yusupov Palace is a friend of mine.   A very beautiful lady of refined taste and style, I would not be surprised to discover that she is behind the introduction of this website.



i know this is a long-shot, but here goes:

i don't suppose you could impose upon your friend's kindness, and ask her about floor plans for this most magnificent building.    i can't speak for anyone else, but both of you would have my undying gratitude....and, i imaging, that of several others.    

in the past, i've seen i rather vague plan of the main (1st fl), but i've been searching for years for the ground floor (the elder Feliks' rooms -- inc the library & moorish room) & the entresol (the rooms of the Irina & the younger Feliks).    

i realize that others may not find floor plans as significantly absorbing as i do, but i also know i'm not alone  ;)

do you think it's a possibility?    i wouldn't expect actual blue-prints or anything as potentially dangerous as that.....  i would be hoping for something more like semi-detailed line drawings, like most of the others we see here on this forum.

(my fingers are crossed..... ;D )
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Re: The Yusupov Palace on Moika, St.Petersbourg
« Reply #43 on: February 10, 2005, 02:46:58 AM »
Hello Tsaria,

Please try to obtain a good floor plan.
I'd be very grateful too!

Thanks in advance

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« Reply #44 on: February 10, 2005, 02:41:34 PM »
Hi Tsaria, I too would love to see the floorplan....or ANYTHING at all your friend could contribute to this site and thank her very much.
..Arleen