On display are 600 masterpieces from over 260 years of Russian porcelain making - from luxurious ceremonial dinner services ordered by Catherine the Great to Bolshevik propaganda chess sets pitting nobles against Soviet workers and peasants.
Established in 1744 by decree of Peter the Great’s daughter, Elizabeth. Known in Tsarist times as the Imperial Porcelain Manufacturer, the factory was an exclusive supplier to the Romanov family and its noble relatives. The museum was founded a century later by Emperor Nicholas I, with donations from the Winter Palace and other royal residences. The museum was closed to the general public from Soviet times until 2004.
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