The State Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum
Arkhangelskoye is a historical estate built in the end of 18th century. The estate is famous for the beauty of its palace and park and for different collections. This masterpiece was created by several generations of talented architects and artists.
For the first time the estate was mentioned in the 16th century. The Odoyevskys, the Cherkasskys, the Golitsyns – these are former owners of the estate. The estate got its real prosperity after it was bought by one of the richest Russian sponsor and judge of art Nikolay Yusupov. At this time Arkhangelskoye became one of the most popular places of Moscow high society. Russian emperors, noble gentlemen, statesmen, famous poets and writers visited the estate.
Today the museum collection comprises more than 50 thousand showpieces. The collection consists of works of visual arts and decorative and applied arts of Russian, European, Oriental masters of the 17th – first half of the 19th centuries, rare books (both Russian and foreign), manuscripts, ancient photos and documents.
Restoration works in the main palace of the estate began practically a quarter of a century ago. The most important task was the method of restoration itself: it was intended to restore interiors of the first third of the 19th century. It was the period of the estate’s prosperity when the estate was owned by Nikolay Yusupov, but not many things remained whole. Main alternations started in the beginning of the last century, and architects decided to leave in the palace precious elements of each epoch. At present three halls of the main palace are restored (according to www.nataturka.ru/usadiba/arhang.html, http://active.russia-obnovlenie.ru/to_see/5853.html).
The ArtParquet company accomplished reconstruction works according to architects’ sketches and drawings. At the same time various types of wood treatment, modern materials and high-tech equipment are used. Total area of reconstructed parquet consisted 470 m2.
Parquet flooring in the estate is made of oak. Parquet has geometric pattern and represents a net of quadrates laid in "envelope". Quadrates are framed with oak strips. Decorative effect of parquet flooring is based on the play of light in the fibres of wood. Parquet flooring in the palace is austere but at the same time expressive and makes an impression of natural beauty.