Starting on 4 December, the State Historical Museum will be hosting the «English Breakfast in Russia. Late 18th — 19th Century» exhibition as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.
The interest to the English taste and English comforts was phenomenal in Russia at the turn of the 19th century. Anglomania impacted most spheres of the Russian culture and everyday lives of people from all walks of life.
The exhibition at the Historical Museum will showcase the traditional way of serving the English breakfast and tea-drinking. The exposition includes custom tea sets made for Emperors’ palaces and pavilions. Visitors can also see sets made for the «middle class», including plates with printed ornaments, tableware bearing the emblem of the Moscow English Club, fashioned Toby Jugs, tableware made of the so called basalt (black) mass, delft ware, porcelain and glass in the «Etruscan style» produced by the Wedgwood factory in the late 18th century, and by the Emperor’s porcelain and glass factories in St. Petersburg in the 1790s — 1830s.
The exhibition will also include works by English and Russian ceramics manufacturers. Alongside unique works of art, the exhibition will include mass produced porcelain and delft ware from such manufacturers as Wedgwood, Spode, Kluse, and Minton, all of which had a great influence on the Russian ceramics production throughout the 19th century.
The exhibition is complemented by works of visual arts — printed graphics and paintings. You can see portraits of some of the representatives of the English and Russian royal dynasties, Russian Anglophiles, manufacturers and merchants, views of royal residences, menus and tickets of the Moscow English Club.
Most of the exhibits will be on display for the first time.