The museum begins to receive items from nationalized estates

1917 was the turning point in the fate of the Tver art collection. The museum begins to receive items from nationalized estates, which are numerous in the Tver province. By this time, they had colossal artistic values. Almost every manor, even the smallest one, kept both individual works of art and entire collections. Large and interesting family portrait collections were located in the estates of Znamenskoye-Raek, Talozhnya and Premukhino of Novotorzhsky district, Panafidino of Staritsky district, Sakharov-Tver district and many others.

In the individual estates there were interesting thematic collections reflecting the tastes and preferences of the owners. So, for example, in the estate of Prince A. A. Shirinsky-Shikhmatov Ostrovky in Vyshnevolotsky district there was a collection of paintings and graphic works devoted to the topic of hunting.

But perhaps the most significant in terms of quantity and quality was a collection from the estate of the prince Kurakin Volosovo (Stepanovskoye) in Zubtsovsky district. Only the collection of paintings consisted of more than 500 works. It included works by old European masters: French, Dutch, Italian, English; a gallery of portraits of kings and emperors from the dynasty of the House of Romanov; a gallery of portraits of numerous representatives of the Kurakin family, their relatives, friends, acquaintances, including the brushes of such famous artists as I. Y. Vishnyakov, F. S. Rokotov, D. G. Levitsky, V. L. Borovikovsky; numerous landscapes depicting princely estates located in various provinces of Russia; paintings and portraits painted by Prince A. B. Kurakin 2 nd - a talented amateur artist. No less interesting were the collections of Russian and Western European graphics and engravings, decorative and applied art, sculpture. The halls of the Volosovsky palace were decorated with highly artistic furniture of Russian and French work, unique lighting fixtures of the Elizabethan, Catherine and Pavel times.

These manor collections constituted the real core of the collection of classical art, which has not lost its significance even today.