Thursday, 17 November 2016
Book-Lined Staircase to Green Dining Room
In 1840, A. Briullov designed an interior staircase between the Gold Drawing Room and the White Hall in the apartments of Empress Marie Alexandrovna on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace.
As the rooms of the Empress had no space for books, she arranged bookcases on the walls of the staircase landing. I have a design of the staircase from the 1840s showing the wide width of the landing, from the northeast corner of the Gold Drawing Room. It is the same as the corridor to the White Hall and HM Own Staircase.
There was no dining room in the apartments of Alexander II and Empress Marie. They ate their meals with Nicholas I’s family in one of the three dining rooms in Empress Alexandra’s suite.
In 1850, A. Stakenschneider demolished the staircase and created the green dining room in the rococo style we see today.
Photograph (below) of the Green Dining Room today
L. Premazzi’s 1852 Watercolor (below) of the Green Dining Room. The clock is part of the fireplace rocaille set and I have photos from past decades of it on the mantel.
There are no windows in the dining room. The three doors that led to the Gold Drawing Room, White Hall and service pantry allowed the architect to add three fake doors for symmetry. The table extended to seat the 24 chairs.
I continue my search for information on where the bookshelves were moved to after the renovation. Is it possible that the bookshelves shown below in the Hermitage today were originally on the Empress’ staircase landing?