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STATE DINING ROOM



On view is the table set with dinner and desert pieces from the Hunting service. The dinner set serves as the landmark for the Gatchina Palace. The famous porcelain service was the largest one made in the 18th century at the famous Meissen Porcelain Manufactory for the Russian Imperial House. Legend has it that the dinner set was Catherine II's gift to count Gregory Orlov, who first owned the Gatchina Palace.

The dinnerware set owns its name to the picturesque hunting scenes displayed on each of the pieces, including handles of tiny jelly spoons. It was highly valued by all the Russian emperors, who continually increased it and eventually brought its total number of pieces to 2,000, twice as many the original set from Saxony numbered.

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