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The Armoury collection of ceramics and glass numbers about 2500 items. They include a wide spectrum of materials modifications, such as terracotta, majolica, different kinds of porcelain: mild, bound and durum; glass (transparent colourless and coloured), mirrors, articles with Roman mosaics, rock crystal (including silver and metal frames) and adornments of the verre églomisé technique, .

Ceramics, mainly artistic porcelain, represent the greater part of the collection counting 2000 exhibits. The collection of porcelain was set up in the mid XIXth century. The chronological frames of the collection are rather wide, because the Moscow Kremlin Museums possess several artworks created in Ancient Greece in the IVth century B.C.. However, things this ancient are not numerous. European and Russian porcelain of the XVIIIth - XXth centuries form the basis of the collection.

The oldest and most eminent firms, such as Meissen and Berli manufactures (Germany), factories of Sèvres, Paris and Limoges (France), English faience, production of Imperial Porcelain Factory of Saint-Petersburg and famous private factories of Russia, such as Gardner’s, Kornilov brothers’ , Popov’s, Batenin’s and others are presented.

The collection comprises unique monuments honouring their creators. Two gorgeous services - Olympic and Kremlin – are the brightest artworks. The first one was made in 1804-1807 in Sèvres by the order of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as a gift to Russian Emperor Alexander I commemorating the conclusion of the Tilsit peace treaty. The second dinner-set is made in the Imperial Porcelain Factory of Saint-Petersburg (1837-1839). It adorned the festive table in the Grand Kremlin Palace during the most lavish Kremlin’s ceremonies.

In distinction from the collection of porcelain, the Moscow Kremlin Museums’ collection of artistic glass is one of the oldest ones in Russia. It began to from in the late XVIIIth century. Now the collection includes items made in the period of the mid-XVIIIth - XXth centuries. These masterpieces are unique monuments of a significant artistic value, relating eminent historical events, the forming of European and Russian glass-making and the development of technology. The museum preserves works by Venetian, Bohemian, German, French, Russian and Chinese masters. The Venetian goblet of Martha Sobakina (the third wife of Ivan the Terrible), striking Bohemian glasses with apostles, splendid artworks of the Peter the Great’s time - the goblet “Themis” devoted to the sea victories of Russia in the Northern war, the glass “The victory in the Poltava Battle” and others are among the most magnificent Museums’ items.


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