Friday, 5 August 2016
Chandeliers in the Nicholas Hall - 3,492 Candles
In 1839, the architect Vasily Stasov installed 3 large gilt bronze chandeliers and 8 smaller ones along the walls in the Nicholas Hall.
Ukhtomsky’s 1866 watercolor of the Nicholas Hall (below)
Documents on lighting in the Winter Palace note that the halls and rooms of the Winter Palace required 22,372 candles in the 1870s. The Nicholas Hall used 3,492 candles.
Replacing thousands of candles were a time-consuming operation. The palace administration proposed various improvements to the lighting of the candles, to burn at the same time and then simultaneous extinguish the candles.
The architect N. Gornostaev began the conversion in the Winter Palace to electric lighting in 1884.
During the balls in January 1885, electric lighting was first used in the Nicholas Hall.
Photo of the Nicholas Hall showing the 3 large chandeliers removed c1903