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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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Oops. I think 14 and 15 are the same. We’re missing what the Romans did for us at Christmas.

Jude Gray Wed, 15/12/2021 - 09:35 Permalink

You’ve established a great new Christmas tradition, we look forward to the talk everyday, thank you.

Tessa Oliver Wed, 15/12/2021 - 09:22 Permalink

Another day, another fascinating glimpse into a list world, thank you

Heather Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:57 Permalink

Wonderful to have a short & fascinating talk on a wide variety of subjects to get the day off to a good start. I've enjoyed them all & look forward to the rest.

Jane Roberson Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:51 Permalink

Love the daily snippets! Thank you.

Barbara Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:20 Permalink

Another fascinating enlightening piece - these talks are just a wonderful way to start the day!

Judith Keen Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:20 Permalink

Thank you Rosalind for this introduction to the Russian Imperial family and such a wonderful centre table.

Muriel Lowe Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:14 Permalink

Fascinating. Am hoping to go to Russia in 2022 and will remember Rosamund and this gift of advent.

Chrissie Twigg Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:04 Permalink

Thank you Rosamund for such an informative talk, these short talks are such a good daily treat- no calories either!

Valerie Maidment Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:02 Permalink

Great talk which used the table to illustrate a fascinating period in Russian cultural history.

Pam Garside Wed, 15/12/2021 - 07:55 Permalink