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Centre Table, Tula, Russia

Whilst most people in the 18th century made do with the light coming from the hearth, candles and rush lights, Empress Catherine illuminated her Winter Palace with a jewellery gallery. Today, we take a look with Accredited Lecturer Rosamund Bartlett at a treasure made of steel, silver, gilt copper, gilt brass, basswood. On display at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York, USA


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Fascinating! Another informative and well presented gem of art and history.

Mary Bradley Wed, 15/12/2021 - 11:27 Permalink

Another fascinating and interesting talk - thank you!

Mary Todd Wed, 15/12/2021 - 11:21 Permalink

Absolute gems (not shiny steel) every day.

Reginald Tripp Wed, 15/12/2021 - 11:15 Permalink

A fascinating talk. Catherine the Great is such an interesting and positive character. I wonder where the beautiful table has been kept until 2002 ?

Lindamay Wed, 15/12/2021 - 10:41 Permalink

What a lovely table - I had no idea steel was used in this way.. a very interesting little talk. Thank you.

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johnmac Wed, 15/12/2021 - 10:18 Permalink

Loved this talk - learned a lot!

Linda Fawke Wed, 15/12/2021 - 09:53 Permalink

What a Christmas treat, thank you Art Society!

Pam Childs Kelly Wed, 15/12/2021 - 09:51 Permalink

As travelling outside of Australia at the moment is difficult, I feel that I have just been to Russia. Thank you for an enlightening lecture TAS.

lorraine polglase Wed, 15/12/2021 - 09:48 Permalink

I agreed with all the positive comments above. A lovely talk. I’ve also learnt how to pronounce Potemkin!

Anne Stott Wed, 15/12/2021 - 09:40 Permalink