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‘Furniture for a Body’s Every Whim’

State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

11 Aug - 11 Nov 2018

The Age of Historicism in Russia 

Taking its title from Nikolay Pavlov’s short story, ‘Masquerade’ (1839), this exhibition explores the shift in the taste for applied arts in Russia from classicism to Romanticism, marked by an eclecticism that drew from all aspects of the past. With furniture from the Winter Palace, as well as dozens of chromolithographs from St Petersburg showrooms that were published and distributed across Western Europe, the exhibition hopes to shed light on 19th-century Russian society. It includes work by famous Russian  designers, including V. Babkov, K. Gut, A. Ehmsen, A. Tour and The Gambs Brothers Workshop. Find out more about the exhibition from the State Hermitage’s website. 

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Armchairs, chairs and sofa (1840s), Russia, St Petersburg. Image © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Armchair (c. 1830–1860s), Russia. Image © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Armchair (c. 1850–1875), Russia. Image © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Banquet stool and Bergere chair (1890s–1900s), Russia. Image © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Marquise armchair (1890s–1900s), Russia. Image © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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