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Hermitage Old Palace

Chinese-style Mirror Cabinet


Picture: Chinese-style Mirror Cabinet

The magnificent Chinese-style Mirror Cabinet is not actually part of the suite of state rooms.

This intimate room is strikingly decorated with irregularly shaped mirrors of various sizes which cover the walls in random order – in complete contrast to traditional European taste – and suggest ruin and fragmentation.

The irregular shapes are a metaphor for nature, which presents a contrast to the strictly ordered feudal sphere.

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