Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Nicholas II’s Museum of Gold, Silver and Porcelain in the Winter Palace

Nicholas II was fascinated with gold, silver and porcelain table settings and often visited private and public collections. In the Winter Palace on Monday February 8th 1899 Nicholas and Alexandra ‘after lunch walked upstairs with Uncle Sergei and Ella to look at the Museum of Old Table Settings’. 

Rare Photograph c1911 (below) of the Gallery of Gold and Silver in the Small Hermitage
 
Nicholas approved the transfer of the Museum of Gold, Silver and Porcelain from the 3rd floor of the Winter Palace to the galleries in the Small Hermitage in 1910 for easier access to researchers and the public. The collections continued to increase during the 1900s including his uncle Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich’s silver objects.

Rare Photograph c1911 (below) of the Gallery of Porcelain in the Small Hermitage
 
The museum objects ‘remained at the disposal of the Marshal of the Court Count Paul Benckendorf and at any time be released for its use by the imperial court’.

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