HALL 5. WEST EUROPEAN SILVER OF THE 13TH - 19TH CENTURIES

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Hall 5. West European silver of the 13th - 19th centuries

The Armoury Chamber’s most extensive collection includes artworks by German, Dutch, English, Polish, Swedish and French makers. The majority of the exhibits were brought to Russia as ambassadorial gifts. The exposition is of exceptional interest and value as it explores the artistic traditions and characteristics of decorative and applied art of many countries.

One cannot help admiring the collection of English Renaissance silver.  German goblets are distinguished by original design, the virtuosity of execution and unusual materials: nacre, rock crystal, ivory, coconut shell. Dinner and tea services present the creativity of French masters. The display is completed with the items from the Olympic service, one of the perfect works created at the Imperial Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory in France. Classical mythology provided subjects of the painting, and thus the name of the service. Napoleon Bonaparte presented this valuable porcelain set to Emperor Alexander I in 1807 to mark the conclusion of the Treaties of Tilsit.

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