The Western European Furniture Collection comprises some 1,000 objects made in Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England. This Curator-led Hermitage tour will acquaint you with some of the earliest pieces in the collection, including German and French dressers of the 15th and 16th centuries, decorated with Gothic carving, and 16th-century Italian Renaissance chests. The tour will include particularly interesting items, such as French 17th-century Baroque style, austere classical items, best represented by prominent cabinet-maker Andre-Charles Boulle and the magnificent cabinets commissioned from David Roentgen by Catherine the Great in the late 18th century, amongst other exceptional items from the outstanding furniture collection now to be found at the Hermitage.
The tour will also visit the Russian Department, to view Russian furniture from the 17th up to the 20th centuries including intact original suites of 19th-century furniture designed especially for the Winter Palace and St Petersburg mansions.
Your Curator guide will also discuss details of furniture design, revealing some of the secrets of their construction.
A wide variety of Curator-led tours of the Hermitage Russian Department are available.
NOTE: Prices for the Curator-led Tours depend on the group size, the type of the Tour and yours preferences