Hermitage - The Malachite Room
The Malachite Room opens out onto the Neva Embankment. It is so named because its columns, pilasters and mantel-pieces are faced with malachite which combines most pleasingly with the gilded moldings of the ceiling and doors, the white walls and the maroon silk upholstery. The numerous malachite objects such as vases and caskets on display here are wrought of stone and copper and faced with lovely green mineral. Note the small cabinet known as the Tropical Forest, decorated with palm leaves, plumage, and flower petals made of minute pieces of malachite of various shades and hues which have been painstakingly assembled.