Pavlovsk Palace a book by Anatoli Michailovich Kuchumov website design by Bob Atchison
  Old Drawing Room
The decor of the Old Drawing Room, reconstructed from Cameron's sketches, is similar in character to that of the Dancing Room. Its walls are hung with Gobelins tapestries of The Indies series, woven in 1780 by Jacques Neilson from the cartoons of Alexandre-Francois Desportes at the Gobelins Tapestry Works in France. They were also a gift of Louis XVI to the Grand Duke Paul. The Zebra tapestry depicting a leopard attacking a zebra, is symbolic of Asia; another, known as King Carried by Moors, pictures youths bearing an Abyssinian chief; it is an allegory of Africa. The colourful, saturated compositions reflect the artist's idea of the abundance of vegetation and wild life in the parts of the world of which but little was known in those days. Magnificent carved and gilded furniture from the workshop of Henri Jacob, with original coverings embroidered in tambour stitch; a French bronze clock and candelabra; Sevres porcelains and other decorative objects complete this interior typical of the end of the eighteenth century.



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