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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Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop - an enterprise founded in 1979 and most famous in the world for recreation of the Amber Room for the Catherine Palace. For more than thirty years this unique crew of artists-restorers has been working hard on perfecting their skills and knowledge.

Our craftsmen restored a huge number of items for the collections of the State Museum Preserve Tsarskoye Selo, Moscow Kremlin Museum, State Museum Monument «Saint Isaac Cathedral», Amber Museum (Denmark) and many other museums and private collections.


 View of the originalAmber Room. Historical photo.

Catching up with new trends the workshop also produces unique pieces in modern design – the most important of these is a series of icons created in Florentine mosaic technique for the Kremlin Home Church of the Russian President, not to mention smaller things, such as chess-sets, clock, boxes, vases and chests.


View of the Amber Workshop from helicopter. Take a virtual tour around the area.
© Alexander Minin

The Amber Workshop now possesses great experience in making diplomatic gifts on the highest political level. Precious gifts for the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroder, the King of Spain etc. were ordered here.

Most importantly Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop has become one of the biggest scientific- restoration centers in Europe that specializes in research, reconstruction and restoration of amber items and objects made of hard semi-precious stones, wood, nacre, mammoth tusk etc. The workshop has artists-restorers who are able to fulfill the most complicated tasks in the field of restoration, reconstruction and replicating the best samples of art. Our masters keep successfully reviving European stone-cutting craft as well as the art of amber-carving.

In 2013 Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop restorated the Agate Rooms that is part of the Cold Bath (Catherine palace). The Agate Rooms is a unique pavilion that was not destroyed by the Nazis during the World War II. This time the Amber Workshop is entrusted with complete restoration of this monument, starting from parquet floors, jasper decorated walls, paintings, gilding and even marble sculptures.

Apart from restoration work, we are very often involved in educational programs. The workshop organizes special classes so tha children can learn to appreciate the beauty of stones and wisdom of the elder generation. Placing learning and passion for art on the first place the Amber Workshop tries to find time for annual exhibitions that attract many visitors from Russia and other countries.

Today Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop is bringing forward a brilliant collection of never-before-seen items that presents succession of old craftsmanship. It is here that modern craftsmen revive old forgotten crafts. Without doubt Tsarskoselskaya Amber Workshop is a unique formation that unites knowledge of past technologies, modern techniques and vast professional experience.