Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Lunch in the Winter Palace – Supper in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On Monday, January 19th, 1898 Grand Duke Konstantine Konstantinovich had lunch with Nicholas II and Alexandra in the White Dining Room on the 2nd floor  of the Winter Palace.

The Grand Duke wrote in his diary “… After luncheon Nicky and Alix were in an affectionate mood, she sat on his knee, he caressed her and they kissed …”

Photograph (below) of the White Dining Room c1899


Photograph (below) of the White Dining Room today (note the table is not the original one)


Later that night at 11:00 PM, Nicholas and Alexandra went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the General Staff Building for a supper for the Minister Count Muraviev.

Nicholas wrote in his diary “… We knew everyone. We spent a very pleasant time there. We listened to the Neapolitan singers and dancers and looked over the place. We were home at 1 AM.”

Photograph (below) of the General Staff Building c1900s


Photographs (below) of the interior of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Apartment c1900s and today

Ballroom



Drawing Room






Cabinet



2 comments:

  1. Are you certain that the table in the White Dining Room isn't the original? If you look closely at both images, there seems to be the same - or at least extremely similar - table support configuration, with the long horizontal section of the base angling from the center toward the corners, and ending with a volute forming the foot.

    Wonderful images of the Ministery of Foreign Affairs!

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  2. N. Nabokov designed the chairs, dining tables, side tables and cabinets in 1896. The Hermitage states that the table in the White Dining Room is from a later period. If you look closely at today's photo, it does not have the middle leaf. The extra table(s) may have been stored when not required in the interior rooms off the dining room (I haven't confirmed yet).

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