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Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Green Dining Room, Catherine Palace
« on: August 22, 2020, 06:27:55 PM »
The Green Dining Room in Paul I's apartments in the Catherine Palace currently has a ceiling that is completely white. Before the war, it had a painted ceiling. As I recall, the ceiling design was from the 19th century, and they decided not to restore it because it was not from the right time period. No one knows what the original design was.

Has anyone else heard something similar? Does anyone have a good photo of the ceiling from before the war? Every picture I've seen only shows a small portion of the edge.


Imperial Russian Antiques / Faberge Egg Cases
« on: February 15, 2016, 07:08:32 PM »
I've been working for a while on a paper on Faberge Eggs and I'm trying to determine which eggs have their original carrying cases (typically lined in velvet and silk). I know the 15th Anniversary Egg, the Renaissance Egg, the Red Cross Egg, and the Karelian Birch Egg. Does anyone know any others for sure? Photos of the eggs in their cases would be most welcome. Thanks!

Palaces in Moscow / New Jerusalem Monastery Restored
« on: January 28, 2016, 12:26:24 PM »
The restoration of the New Jerusalem Monastery in Istra has been completed. Here are two articles from Royal Russia about it.

Does anyone have any pictures of what the restoration looks like under that huge tent dome? I've been waiting for years to see Rastrelli's vision restored!


I learned from the Royal Russia site of the very recent destruction of the 'Literary House' on Nevsky Prospect and that it sounds like other historic buildings have been falling in St. Petersburg as well.  Here is the link to the article-does anyone know anything more?  Is there anything we can do?  I think we all agree that St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (if not the most beautiful) and its charm relies on the fact that the majority of it hasn't been touched for centuries.

Also, if anyone has any pictures of these destroyed buildings, I think it would be a good idea to perhaps start a thread for them.  It could be a useful resource to have them all in one place.   

The Alexander Palace / Giacomo Quarenghi
« on: November 03, 2008, 11:57:30 AM »

Does anyone have pictures of any of the rooms of the Alexander Palace that still contained Quarenghi's original designs?  I know that the main ceremonial halls were kept to his designs under Nicholas II, but I was more curious about some of the other rooms.  It is my understanding that Nicholas had the original library converted from 2 story to 1.  Are there any pictures of it before it was altered?  Thanks!

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Hauntungs at the Imperial Palaces
« on: May 19, 2008, 12:03:08 PM »

I was wondering if anyone had ever heard any ghost stories associated with any of the imperial palaces?  The only one I have ever heard was mentioned in Suzanne Massie's Pavlovsk: The Life of a Russian Palace.  The story goes that as the contents of the Alexander Palace were being evacuated during the second world war, Anatoly Kuchumov (who was in charge of the evacuation of the Catherine and Alexander Palaces) saw a woman coming towards him.  He spoke to her and stepped out of his way to let her pass and she vanished.  He was convinced he saw the ghost of the Empress Alexandra.

Any other stories would be most welcome.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Catherine Palace Restoration
« on: February 21, 2007, 11:53:22 AM »

I was hoping someone could tell me what the time line is for the restoration of the Catherine Palace?  I know that within the past few years the amber room and Rastrelli's anterooms have been restored, but does anyone know anything about other rooms?  Is the chapel going to be completed soon?  or any of Catherine the Great's private apartments?  Any information would be sincerely appreciated. 

Also, I have been trying to find photos of the anterooms I just mentioned.  I have several very nice shots of the anteroom closest to the great hall, but I don't have any of the other two.  What I would most like to know is if the porcelain stands from the second anteroom were restored.  I can't find any information either way.  I've added a link here showing what I'm talking about.  (In almost every instance I've ever seen a photo of the room, it is called the first anteroom, though this is erroneous.  Thought I should clarify as it can get confusing)

Again, any information at all would be truly appreciated, and photos would be wonderful!

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