The exposition where the development of Russian art of the XVIII-XIX centuries, including painting and drawing, porcelain and glass, bronze and malachite and works of folk crafts are represented. This exposition is based on the collection of the well-known musicians M. Rostropovich and G. Vishnevskaya. In 2007 this collection was exposed on the auction of the auction’s house Sotheby’s in London. It was redeemed and gifted to the state by the Russian businessman and patron of art Alisher Usmanov.
The exposition consists of the most valuable items of the treasure which was found on the 27th of March, 2012 during the restoration works in the mansion of Naryshkins on Tchaikovsky Street, 29. The uniqueness of this treasure is undeniable – it consists of more than 2000 silver items, produced in XIX – beginning of the XX century by the best jewelers of the famous Russian and European companies. The diner and tea services, chandeliers, decorative and applied arts items, golden, silver and precious stones adornments, rewards and insignias – all these items has been preserved to our days in a good safety.