Dessert plate

Kremlin service

1829-1931 (made)

Solntsev, Fedor

Height: 3.4 cm, Diameter: 24 cm

C.4-2009 CER

From the 'Kremlin Service', porcelain with enamelled and gilded decoration, commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I from the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg, 1837-47

Dessert plate, extensively gilded and with enamelled decoration depicting radiating pine trees

The so-called 'Kremlin service' was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I of Russia in 1829 and reflects the revival of traditional motifs in Russian decorative arts. The plates were designed by Fedor Solntsev, a young graduate of the Academy of Arts, who drew inspiration from a gold and enamel plate made in the Kremlin Armoury workshops in 1667. The service originally comprised approximately 1300 pieces and took approximately three years to produce.

Given by Daryl Logan

Location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Britain & Europe, room 139, case 29, shelf 3

View this object on the V&A website