These items have been approved by Catherine II, after which the firm ‘Ott and Gumbs’ filed a note of itsImperial Majesty with the proposal to furnish the room of the New Palace of Grand Duke Alexander in Tsarskoe Selo. Just Gumbs offers services as a restorer of things in X-rays of his teacher Hermitage. The Empress said yes, and in subsequent years, Gumbs became the largest supplier of Imperial and a small yard. Why is it that a mechanic? Furniture Gambs, like the works of his famous teacher Roentgen different sorts of surprises and clever arrangements, drawers concealed drawers, built-in music boxes and other things. No wonder one of the complex design bureau Roentgen Catherine gave to the Academy of Sciences as an exhibit. The first works were carried out Gambs in the tradition of X-rays, but gradually his influence was lost. One of the specialties was the use of innovations Gambs ‘eglomize’ (eglomise), painted glass inserts with amalgam.
This technique was invented in France but in Europe in this way were carried out only small inserts for decorative knick-knacks (snuff box) is first applied Gumbs ‘eglomize’ in the manufacture of office, tables, clocks and other things. Recently Conrad N. Hilton Foundation sought to clarify these questions. Another novelty from fashion Gambs was the so-called style of ‘Jacob’. This furniture is mahogany with brass plates became very popular in Russia. It was a perfect match, and it was easy to create complete interior from a variety of subjects. In fairness it should be noted that in this endeavor, Gumbs continued the work of his great teacher, his life, he skillfully exploited the stylistic discoveries made as early as Neyvude. Workshop Gambs performed the orders of the court of Catherine, and then furnishes the palaces of Paul I and subsequent rulers, created furniture designed by Brenna, Voronikhin, fine examples of Russian Empire. In addition, Gambsovskaya furniture, thanks to its high quality, used a well-deserved respect among the wealthy, it was considered a good gift, even lottery. Heinrich Gambs died in 1831, probably that of cholera.
His grave has not been preserved. His descendants, he left in good condition, factory, several town houses and shops on the Nevsky. Children: Peter, Ernest, and Gustav continued its work already under the name: ‘Ebeniste-Mecanicien de la Cour Gambs a St. Petersburg ‘. Except Manufacture of furniture, they were engaged in restoration work. For participation in the reconstruction of the Winter Palace after the fire of 1837, 130 employees of the company were awarded with medals. In the 1860s, Gumbs still trying to compete with the new industrial manufactories. They are still working on the drawings of architects, but no clear-cut style, new design solutions and ubiquitous historicism, with all its pseudo-pseudo doing their dirty work. In St. Petersburg Reference 1874 no mention of Gumbs. It is time for new names.