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Friday, 10 January 2014
Pavlovsk Announces Plans to Restore Two Pavilions
Topic: Pavlovsk


The Pavlovsk State Museum have announced plans to restore two more pavilions: the Peel Tower and the Aviary. The cost of the restorations is estimated at 30 million Rubles and 46 million Rubles respectively. The palace museum is now accepting applications for tender until January 30, restoration is expected to take 10 months from the date of acceptance of the contract.

The winners of the auction will have to perform the restoration and reconstruction of the foundations, exterior stucco finishes, masonry, architectural stucco decoration, and roofs. The contractor responsible for the Peel tower will also need to restore the parquet flooring, stairs, French balcony and fresco painting.

The Peel Tower was built in 1797 by the architect Vincenzo Brenna. The two-storey tower is made in the shape of a cylinder on a stone base. The original walls were created imitating dilapidated masonry, painted by the decorative artist Pietro di Gottardo Gonzaga. A wooden staircase led to the second floor with intricately intertwined railings resembling tree trunks. The last time the tower was restored was in 1969-1971.

The Aviary was built in 1782 in the classical style by the architect Charles Cameron. It was home to galleries of exotic birds, but in 1818, Empress Maria Feodorovna released them back into the wild, and the pavilion became a flower greenhouse. In 1940 the pavilion was restored, however, it suffered damage during the Second World War. Between 1967-1968, the Aviary underwent extensive restoration by the architect Sophia Popova-Gunich. 
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 January, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:56 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 10 January 2014 11:59 AM EST
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
German Nobles Return Nazi Looted Books to Pavlovsk
Topic: Pavlovsk

Stephan von Schulenburg and Aleksey Guzanov, Pavlovsk State Museum Preserve Deputy Director for Research and Storage
 
A ceremony marking the return to Russia of 125 valuable books from the library of the Empress Maria Feodorovna (wife of Emperor Paul I) looted by German soldiers in the Second World War takes place in Leipzig, in Germany’s Saxony, on Monday. Masterpieces going back to the Russian State Museum of Pavlovsk include works of German classics, memoirs of French states people and history books, ITAR-TASS reports.

They are now in the hands of the German noble family von der Schulenburg and were presented to Werner von Schulenburg, Germany’s ambassador to the USSR, in 1934-1941, after he had returned to Germany. The diplomat had sympathised with the Nazi regime and was a member of the Nazi party. But he later changed his views and tried to persuade the Third Reich authorities not to attack the Soviet Union. He later joined the resistance movement and took part in the failed July 1944 plot against Adolf Hitler.

The books have been stored in the library of the Schulenburgs’ Falkenberg fortress in Bavaria. The family had not known the book collection’s provenance until this year and the ex-diplomat’s grandson has decided to give the books back to Pavlovsk. These were a war trophy to which they had no right of ownership, the family said.

Handover will take place at the Leipzig branch of the German National Library and will be open for the general public to witness, an official of one of the organisers and intermediaries, the Federal Cultural Foundation (FCF), told Itar-Tass. About 40 Russian guests will attend the ceremony, among them the Museum of Pavlovsk’s deputy director for research and storage, Aleksey Guzanov.

The event will be part of the 4th German-Russian library dialogue, established in 2009 and aimed to preserve, classify and digitise books moved during WWII and provide open access to them. The Schulenburgs will bring the books to Leipzig and the Russian embassy to Germany will transport them to Russia, FCF’s Britta Kaiser-Schuster explained.

“The family will hand over the total of 125 books, among them the collected works of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, published in 1717 in Berlin,” FCF’s Johannes Fehlmann said. “But the collection is mainly made up of French-language books, namely the memoirs of Queen Marie Antoinette and the general Gilbert Lafayette and several history books, including books about the discovery of America or about the Russian Empire.” 
 
© ITAR-TASS, Russkiy Mir and Royal Russia. 19 November, 2013
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:05 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 19 November 2013 8:17 AM EST
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Naryshkin Treasures on View at Pavlovsk
Topic: Pavlovsk

 

An exhibit which showcases many of the Naryshkin treasures found in a St. Petersburg mansion last year will go on display today at Pavlovsk Palace.

In March 2012, workers found an enormous cache during the restoration of the former Naryshkin mansion on Tchaikovsky Street in the city center. Nearly 2,000 items dating from the 19th-early 20th centuries had been hidden under the floors by the owners of the mansion prior to their escape from Russia during the Revolution.

Silverware, porcelain, medals and awards, jewellery, among other items were found wrapped in old newspapers, dated June-September 1917.

After their discovery, the cache was carefully packed into 40 boxes and coffers and sent to the Konstantin Palace at Stelna for examination and cataloguing.

In January, about 400 items were transferred to Pavlovsk Palace to be put on display. The Konstantin Palace at Strelna hosted an exhibit last year displaying a portion of its share of treasures. Organizers from both museums note that only half of the Naryshkin treasure has been put on display.

Over the decades similar caches of Imperial treasures have been found hidden in other palaces, including the Yusupov and Shuvalov in St. Petersburg.

The Naryshkin exhibit at Pavlovsk will run until June 1st, 2013. The ultimate fate of the collection has yet to be decided by the Ministry of Culture.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 February, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:29 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:00 AM EST
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Friday, 20 July 2012
Pavlovsk Hosts 12th Imperial Bouquet Festival
Topic: Pavlovsk

 

The 12th annual Imperial Bouquest Festival opened at Pavlovsk Palace on July 14th. The theme of this year's festival was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Russia's victory over Napoleon's armies in 1812.

The festival is now held every year in honour of the palace's original owner, the Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828). During her years at Pavlovsk, the wife of Emperor Paul I had a great love for flowers and oversaw the development and maintenance of some of the most beautiful gardens in Russia. Having an avid interest in flower arranging, she filled the rooms of the palace with arrangements and bouquets that she created herself using fresh, fragrant blooms from her gardens and greenhouses year round.

This years' festival involved over 100 florists, and guests were entertained with a fashion show and music in the Rose Pavilion (pictured lower right). The festival lasted two days, July 14-15, 2012.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 July, 2012


  


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Updated: Sunday, 22 July 2012 2:24 PM EDT
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Sunday, 11 March 2012
Pavlovsk Palace Hosts Danish Lace Exhibit
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Topic: Pavlovsk

A unique exhibit of Danish lace has opened at Pavlovsk Palace. The exhbit features photographs, bobbins, and lace work woven by Danish masters from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

The exhibit also features dresses of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (born Princess Dagmar of Denmark), from a vast collection housed at Pavlovsk Palace which includes uniforms, dresses, gowns, gloves and other personal items of members of the Russian Imperial family.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 11 March, 2012


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:06 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 12 March 2012 8:16 AM EDT
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Saturday, 25 February 2012
Pavlovsk Remembers Anna Ivanova Zelenova
Topic: Pavlovsk

 

A concert in memory of Anna Ivanova Zelenovna will be held on February 29th at Pavlovsk. Zelenovna served as Director of Pavlovsk from 1941 to 1979.

She is credited with the evacuation of art treasures from Pavlovsk during the Second World War, after having them moved to the basement of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg.  

After the war, she played a significant role in initiating the restoration of a number of palaces, including the Catherine Palace, Peterhof, Pavlovsk and Gatchina.

Her life and work is explored in detail in Pavlovsk, The Life of a Russian Palace by Suzanne Massie (1990) and Saving the Tsars’ Palaces by Christopher Morgan and Irina Orlova (2005).

Anna Zelenovna died on the job on January 16, 1980, at the age of sixty-seven. Since her death, every year on her birthday her friends and co-workers gather at Pavlovsk to listen to chamber music concerts and honour her memory.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 February, 2012


 


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Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2012 1:03 PM EST
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