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The Amber Chamber

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The most famous and mysterious works created with amber.

One of the most famous and mysterious works created with amber is the Amber Chamber.

The construction of the chamber began in 1701. Initially, it was located in a palace in Chalottenburg, the headquarters of Friedrich I, the first king of Prussia. The Chamber was designed by a german baroque sculptor Andreas Schlüter, and was then created by danish sculptor Gottfried Wolfram.

During his visit in 1716, Peter the Great was so infatuated with the chamber that Friedrich I gave it to him as a gift for reinforcing the Prussian-Russian alliance. The Chamber was then taken to St. Petersburg. In 1755 Tsarina Elizabeth moved her to the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, called Tsarskoye Selo or a village Cara. Italian artist Francesco Rastrelli Batlomeo remodeled the chamber, to match it to the new, larger space. After another eighteenth-century renovation, the room was 90 m2 and shone with 6 tons of amber and other semi-precious stones.

Historians estimate that, at that time, The Chamber was worth today's 143 million dollars. After World War II, the Chamber of Amber went missing, although some reports claim to have information about the survival of the component parts of the room.

In 1979 began the reconstruction of the Amber Chamber in Tsarskoye Selo. It lasted 24 years. Using original sketches and old, black-and-white photographs, great care was taken to ensure the succes of the Amber Chamber reproduce. The work involved 350 diaphragms made of amber and additives decorating chamber. Another problem was the lack of skilled craftsmen. The only Polish artist who helped with reconstruction was Wieslaw Gierłowski. In 2003, the work was completed.

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