Thursday, 22 June 2017
Jasper Drawing Room / Malachite Hall
After Nicholas I ascended the throne in 1826, the architect Vasily Stasov redesigned the 2nd floor of the northwest section of the Winter Palace for Empress Alexandra.
Auguste de Montferrand redecorated Stasov’s First Drawing Room in the early 1830s with the blue quartz jasper on the columns.
Grigory Chernetsov’s 1833 watercolor (below) of the Jasper Drawing Room
After the 1837 fire, Alexander Briullov restored the drawing room with malachite, a rare green semi-precious stone that was recently discovered in the Urals.
Konstantin Ukhtomsky’s 1865 watercolor (below) of the Malachite Hall
I prefer jasper. Although malachite is beautiful, by 1865 more gilding was added to Briullov’s original design of the ceiling etc. What is your favorite?
Photograph (below) of the Malachite Hall today