The Catherine Palace The Bedchamber This room with 2 windows, 2 doors and an alcove was created in the early 1770s and served as the bedroom of Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeyevna. Later Charles Cameron reconstructed it for Paul’s second wife, Grand Duchess Maria Fiodorovna; the interior has survived down to the present with a few alterations. The fairly small doors are framed by gilded fillets and decorated by rectangular pa nels painted with arabesques and enclosed in the same sort of fillet.
Malachite is one of a number of semiprecious minerals native to Russia. Though this fireplace appears to be carved from a single large chunk of malachite, it is actually composed of many small pieces fit together to look uniform.