Myślewicki Palace

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Myślewicki Palace
Pałac Myślewicki (Polish)
Łazienki - Pałac Myślewicki.jpg
General information
Architectural style Rococo-Neoclassical
Town or city Warsaw
Country Poland
Construction started 1775
Completed 1779
Client Stanisław August Poniatowski
Design and construction
Architect Domenico Merlini

The Myślewicki Palace (Polish: Pałac Myślewicki) is a rococo-neoclassical palace in Warsaw's Royal Baths Park. It was created for king Stanisław August Poniatowski as one of the first buildings in the Royal Baths. Its name derives from the nearby now non-existent village Myślewice.[1]

History[edit]

Initially, the palace was inhabited by the king's courtiers and later by Józef Antoni Poniatowski, the king's nephew.[2] The cartouche above the main entrance was decorated with his initials JP.[1]

In the 19th century and during the People's Republic of Poland the palace served as a guest house and opened its doors to eminent guests such as Napoleon I and U.S. President Richard Nixon.[3] On September 15, 1958 the first meeting of the ambassadors of the People's Republic of China and the United States took place in the palace, which is considered as the first attempt to establish contacts between the two countries.[4]

The facade is adorned with a huge shell-bowl with sculptures by Jakub Monaldi depicting Zephyr and Flora, while the mild warping of the roof refers to the popular Chinese designs[1] Large parts of the original interior furnishings fortunately survived the last world war - including paintings by Jan Bogumił Plersch from 1778 and Antoni Gerżabka as well as stucco decorations and sculptures. Particularly valuable are the Dining Room with views of Rome and Venice and the Bathroom with a plafond by Plersch depicting Zephyr and Flora[1]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pałac Myślewicki". www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  2. ^ Mark Salter, Jonathan Bousfield (2002). Rough guide to Poland. Rough Guides. p. 117. ISBN 1-85828-849-5. 
  3. ^ Daniel Schorr (2002). Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism. Simon & Schuster. p. 140. ISBN 0-671-02088-9. 
  4. ^ Alan Lawrance (1975). China's foreign relations since 1949. Routledge. p. 60. ISBN 0-7100-8092-1. 

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Coordinates: 52°12′55″N 21°02′17″E / 52.21528°N 21.03806°E / 52.21528; 21.03806