The Maid-of-Honour’s Room
The Maid-of-Honour’s Room is reached by one more passage room in which you can see ceramics from the celebrated Wedgwood factory in England and British tinted engravings from the second half of the eighteenth century that come from the collection of the Tsarskoye Selo museum-preserve. Of particular interest is the mahogany cheval-glass mirror embellished with bronze mounts and verre églomisé – glass backed with foil bearing a scratched (or painted) design. (The name of the technique derives from the eighteenth-century French decorator Jean-Baptiste Glomy who popularized the technique.)
The green-painted walls of the Maid-of-Honour’s Room – a room with a single window overlooking the Catherine Park originally intended for palace servants – set off a gilded stucco frieze and doors with a colourful ornamental painted decoration. The white faience stove, created to Stasov’s design in the 1820s, is decorated by a bas-relief and vase in the Classical style. The room is furnished with chairs made to a design by Charles Cameron and an elegant lady’s writing-desk from the late eighteenth century with verre églomisé insets. It also contains paintings by Flemish, French, Italian and Dutch artists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.