Catherine II was Empress of Russia for more than 30 years.
Knowing what was to follow, the venue was apposite.
Two photographs exist supposedly representing the table - of which the present one is a faithful copy - and a chair from this eccentric suite of furniture; the photographs were taken by Wehrmacht soldiers in 1941.
Unable to publicly marry and famously promiscuous, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together shaping Russia as we know it today.
Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power.
The belief at the time was that women were inferior to men, whose role was to be subordinate to their husbands.
Here are 10 things about the Russian ruler that might surprise you: 1.