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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: January 07, 2014, 08:58:13 AM »
I'm reading a history book called "The Accession of Nicholas I," in which most of the narrative takes place at the Winter Palace. And I am trying to match up one of the rooms mentioned in the book with the floor plans of the palace that have been posted earlier in this (very old) thread.

The book describes an extraordinary meeting of the State Council in a room "near the dark corridor." At the time, it was apparently known as the Assembly Hall, where the council usually met during the reign of Alexander I.

 Nicholas I later used the space as a playroom for his children and put a large model of a ship in it, according to the book.

Any idea which room this would be?  

here's a better view....

-- the former dining room is the room under discussion....
(click on image for larger view)


Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:30:13 AM »
hope this helps....

People, could anyone post photos of Mayerling Hunting lodge's plans of interior, with floors and rooms marked. It have been posted here, but unfortunately I can't find it right now.

as per request, here are the plans:
(NOTE: i'm not sure why, but the images, as posted, aren't clickable... i'll try to remedy that situation.)

ADDENDUM: i have, hopefully, fixed the link issues re: the plans.  i don't know how many of you have seen them before, but i have also, included 4 "3D" models of the crime scene, which were based on the the known evidence (i gather this means those points/things which all accounts have in common).... nonetheless, take it all with a grain of salt.    (which loosely translates as:  i haven't got a clue where i found them, who did them, or when they were done.)

they do look rather like a "Sims" setting, though, don't they?  LOL

click on the images for larger size


People, could anyone post photos of Mayerling Hunting lodge's plans of interior, with floors and rooms marked. It have been posted here, but unfortunately I can't find it right now.

as per request, here are the plans:
(NOTE: i'm not sure why, but the images, as posted, aren't clickable... i'll try to remedy that situation.)

the first floor

the ground floor

site plan

the convent that replaced the hunting lodge


The Windsors / Re: Buckingham palace
« on: November 08, 2011, 10:19:47 PM »
So, is the Queen's stairs or the King's stairs please?

i believe i was mistaken and the others are correct.... i think it is, indeed, the king's stairs and not the stairs of the private entrance.

The Windsors / Re: Buckingham palace
« on: November 03, 2011, 09:16:13 AM »

I found this photo, and wondered, where in Buckingham Palace, it was taken?

if i'm not mistaken, that's the staircase in the Queen's private Entrance to the palace.
i figured a visual aid might help :-)

The Wittlesbachs / schloß Linderhof
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:37:11 AM »
click on image for larger version

schloss Linderhof

the ground floor

the 1st floor showing both the old bedroom & the new much larger one


cross-section & facade

the Grotto

an architect's maquet

The Yussupovs / Re: Books on the Yusupovs
« on: December 30, 2010, 01:18:09 AM »
oh, pretty much...300$..
and are there still any photos ithat haven't been posted here, at the forum? because it seems to me that every photo that exists has been already posted here :)

Although the Youssoupoff threads have hundreds of photos, there more waiting to be discovered. I can still remember when there was only a handful of pictures avaliable. The forum has come a long way over the years. :)

you sure got that right!!

I dont think "cheap"is available anylonger.
I totaly understand that ,its the hardest vol to get with Index general
and Les Nabokov, Romanoff-Un album de famille and Complement

i have Romanoff: Un album de famille - Complement
and, as it turns out, i've been looking around in an attempt to
see what it's selling for, these days. 

(actually, for a while now, i've been mulling-over the idea of selling(/auctioning/whatever) some, or maybe even all, of my books...)

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: August 25, 2009, 03:47:24 AM »
I remember seeing a link to this site a few years ago, maybe Gleb’s post, that had a few of Hau’s watercolors of the Winter Palace c1860, mainly ceremonial halls that were familiar. And now finding it again I am stunned – there are over 100 paintings! The majority are of the private rooms of the Imperial family that I have never seen nor had known they were part of the collection.

For example, the bedroom and boudoir of GD Marie Alexandrovna, daughter of AII. These rooms are identified as 5th Reserve.

The rooms of Nicholas I’s wife, Alexandra Fedorovna which correspond to Nicholas II and Alexandra’s:

Room 182:

Two views of Room 184 – Bedroom:

Room 181:

There is also another incredible site with Ukhtomski’s watercolors to compare the above Garden Room of Alexandra’s with Hau’s:,_konstantin_andreevic_-_vidi_zalov_zimnego_dvorca._malii_zimnii_sad_imperatrici_aleksandri_fedorovni.html

GD Marie Nikolaeva & Duke of Leuchtenburg’s:

4th Reserve:

The full spectrum of Hau’s work:

and of Ukhtomski:


many years ago, Rizzoli published an enormous book
(both in size & number of pages -- several hundred),
in a very nice fold-open box, simply titled THE WINTER PALACE.    
it contained beautiful reproductions of Hau & Premazzi's watercolors of the interiors --
the state rooms were well represented, but most are of the family apartments.

in many cases, the watercolors show the evolution of rooms & even suites of rooms
as each occupant moved-in & redecorated.  
hundreds of rooms are depicted, more than are shown on the websites.  
but i first learned about Hau & Premazzi on the those websites & so, owe them many, many thanks.

it's a beautiful book & the images are glorious.

i've shared many images from it, in the past... some may still be up, in the various Winter Palace threads.


The Windsors / Re: Royal Palaces in London (except Buckingham Palace)
« on: August 25, 2009, 03:20:28 AM »
Does anyone have or can you direct me to floor plans of Kensington Palace or Hampton Court. Thanks.

i have plans for both.  i have the ground fl, 1st fl & 2nd fl for Kensington Palace & a full set for Hampton Court palace.
if anyone is interested, i'll try to find the disc they're on.


The Habsburgs / Re: Dresses of Empress Elisabeth
« on: August 04, 2009, 11:33:24 PM »
Bonded around her waist?

By what means? Glue? Welding? Rivets? Cord?  :D


The Habsburgs / Re: Dresses of Empress Elisabeth
« on: August 03, 2009, 07:21:11 PM »

my immediate choices were:

1 photos of the empress & her family

2 her jewelry

3 dolls in her image


4 create a thread

--- > since none of my pics
contain a person or face
most are not of jewelry
none are of dolls...

guess which option i chose?  

lol   :-)




the carriage in which Elisabeth rode to her wedding
(brought to Austria by Marie-Louise after N's fall)


the train of Elisabeth's wedding gown

this gown & wrap, brought to Vienna as part of her trousseau, are embroidered w/ Hebrew
(the wrap reminds me of a Jewish prayer shawl...)

one of Elisabeth's hofkleider

pieces from her collection of mourning jewelry


copy of the Worth gown worn for the Hungarian Coronation


the gala coach the Elisabeth rode in to be crowned queen of Hungary

The Wittlesbachs / Re: Ludwig II and his castles
« on: July 31, 2009, 06:40:34 PM »
Thank you very much for all the images :-)


thank you.
it's nice to know somebody likes them  :-)


The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Family Jewels
« on: July 29, 2009, 01:02:48 AM »
I recently saw the Artistic Luxury exhibition exhibition here in SF,  Faberge, Tiffany & Lalique jewelry.   A beautiful show with more than the usual, especially Faberge.    Although not exactly jewelery, per se,  they did have some of the eggs displayed. Several pieces  with IF provenance, long since passed into other hands- including  Joan Rivers. Although I have seen most of the Faberge pieces at  other exhibitions over the year. The Lalique jewelry was mostly new to me.
 Again, this was based on the 1900 Paris Exhibition.
 I do not think so GDElla, the miniatures were made explicitly for the exhibition.  Faberge even borrowed back  some of the eggs  for the  Exhibition. He was displaying his wares. Although not permitted to sell, as he was in charge of that  department of the exhibition, I am sure he picked up not a few  commissions. The others could sell.  Faberge did not make the original  crown jewels, so they were not his wares.

i saw that exhibition -- it was amazing!!  
i must say i was surprised by a few of the exhibits -- items  i believed i was relatively familiar with.
(...well, as familiar as book images, descriptions & internet jpegs will allow, anyway.)

the duchess of Marlboroughj egg (clock), was huge!
at least, it was when compared w/ how large i had, over time,
i had come to believe it be...
whereas, it's possible inspiration --
the dowager empress' serpent egg/clock  --
was, in actuality, significantly smaller than i had believed it to be.

things like that :-)

personally speaking, i couldn't fathom why (virtually) all the Tiffany stained-glass exhibits were displayed in such an amazingly bad way?!

that rather large, beautiful wall-panel (or was it window-panel?), was so badly & poorly lit , it looked like it was made of plastic!
it had been hung (or placed) directly on, or in front of, a dark wall w/ the usual sort of museum spotlight track-lighting aimed directly at it ---
and no backlighting, whatsover.     it just didn't make sense to me.

all of those beautiful Tiffany lamps -- the iridescent ones, as well as those stained glass ones most people associate w/ the term "Tiffany Lamp",
were also placed in, and against, rather dark settings -- which would have been just fine (the type of setting they were made for...) but due to the wattage of the bulbs, or maybe it was the type used (i dunno), they all -- virtally every single one -- gave off so little light, they (pretty much) made themselves pointless.  i seriously doubt they gave off enough light to read.  and on top of that, they (the lamps) had been given less of the spotlight track lighting than the other exhibits (they are lamps, after all!).  but that just compounded the problem.
the rooms were so dark, it was very difficult to see those famous & very beautiful, bronze stands, the even more famous glass shades sat on.  dark stands, holding bulbs that could barely penetrate the gass of their shades & cast even less light downward over it's base... and ALL in dark rooms.   one man got so frustrated, he took the safety light off his keychain...sadly, it didn't help... it was one of those odd little clicker types, that give off a bright-ish but very blue light.   i felt his pain.

all that beautiful glass.  all those gorgeous bronze lamp stands.    all those badly lit lighting fixtures.    

it was almost painful.

but THE REST of the exhibits, so awesomely full of so much awesome awesomeness it was.... well.... awesome.
seriously though, everything else was wonderful.



i think my off-topic rant is over.  :-)


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