Friday, 15 June 2018
Nicholas II in the Winter Palace Drawing Room
The architect Nikolai Nabokov designed the furniture and other fixtures for Empress Alexandra’s Silver Drawing Room (186) on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace in 1895.
Photograph c1900 (below) of the Silver Drawing Room
Nabokov interspersed in the drawing room 18th century pieces of furniture from the Winter Palace collection that survived the 1837 fire. One is the secrétaire en armoire [writing desk] by the French master Jean Henri Riesener (below).
With the limited number of interior images, I am continuously awed when I stumble upon Winter Palace photographs!
Rare photograph (below) of Nicholas II sitting next to the secrétaire
Photograph c1917 (below) of the Silver Drawing Room [Secrétaire en armoire is exhibited today in room 296 of the Hermitage Museum]