IGDALOV MAIN

The recreation of the Amber Room is an event of immense historical and cultural significance that has attracted broad public attention. 
The results of our efforts will be judged by many generations of visitors who come to the Tsarskoye Selo palace to see this “eighth wonder of the world” reborn.
Behind us lay 24 years of endless tests, finds, bitter disappointments and happy discoveries, arguments and patient work, day in, day out. 
All those who at any time were involved in this unique restoration project deserve to be recalled with great gratitude.

 

Boris Igdalov
Director of the Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop

News

10.01.2022 - new addition to our stone figurines collection

With the Chinese New Year soon approaching, we would like to share a new addition to our stone miniatures collection. The "Chinese merchant" figurine was inpires by the Chinese culture of the great Qing dynasty. The merchant is wearing traditional Qing clothing, is also holding a wine bottle with the word "Wisdom"/智慧 written on it and is reading a book called "避暑山庄记". 

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01.01.2022 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022!

Congratulations to your friends and colleagues in the New Year 2022! We sincerely hope that it will be better than the previous year, and all difficulties will remain in the outgoing 2021!

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24.11.2021 - The Icon of the Savior Almighty was presented to Pope Francis

The Icon of the Savior Almighty was presented as a gift to Pope Francis. The icon was made by art restorers of the amber workshop from natural Baltic amber in graphics that correspond to all the canons of the Russian Orthodox Church. We sincerely hope that this gift will become another confirmation of the unity of faith - this is extremely important in the modern world.

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29.09.2021 - Catherine II. Personal space

09/29/2021 in Tsarskoe Selo, representatives of the press, as well as students of specialized restoration schools, were shown how the work on the reconstruction and restoration of the Personal Chambers of Empress Catherine II in the Zubovsky wing of the Catherine Palace is proceeding.

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13.08.2021 - Opening of the Alexander Palace

The Tsarskoye Selo Amber Workshop cordially congratulates the colleagues from the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Reserve on such a grand, long-awaited and joyful event - the opening of the Alexander Palace. On August 13, 2021, after restoration, the first 13 interiors of this landmark in our history architectural monument were opened - the personal apartments of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna. From August 14, 2021, the palace reopens its doors to visitors.

 

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Книга "Янтарная комната. Второе рождение"

ISBN 5-94795-050-2

Alfa-Colour Publishers
2004

The Amber Room has been recreated. A tremendous task that lasted a quarter of a century is completed. Undeniably our attitude towards this ‘double’ of the lost masterpiece is inevitably ambiguous and the debated about the sense of carrying out this bold experiment in restoration will go on for many years. A very convincing answer to this question is provided in our opinion by the entire post-war history of restoration in our city during which many outstanding works of art have been returned from oblivion. It would be hard to find anyone today who would say that it was done in vain. More than twenty years ago, we took upon ourselves the immense responsibility for implementing a restoration project unparallel in the world practice. There followed years of intensive researching for the solution to the incredibly complex problems: artistic, technical and financial. Yet at the same time those years were filled with a special meaning and relevance for those who were involved in the recreation of the Amber Room. Today we can state with satisfaction that that thanks to this work Russia has acquired a unique school of restorers that revived lost crafts and technologies of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: artistic amber-carving and the Florentine mosaic technique. The recreated Amber Room has already begun its life as a museum piece. The activities of the Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop – to which the present publication is dedicated – have also become an inseparable part of the active, creative existence of our museum.

Ivan Sautov
Director of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve