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Kremlin Service Dessert Plate, ca. 1830

This is a dessert plate. It is dated ca. 1830 and we acquired it in 2005. Its medium is gilt and glazed hard-paste porcelain. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

This plate was produced for the Kremlin service. The service was ordered by Nicholas I and was designed by Fedor Solntsev, who held an important position in the Imperial-sponsored movement of rediscovering and reinterpreting old Russian forms. Solntsev drew upon 17th-century metalwork as the model for this service, making use in particular of a gold dish designed in 1667 for the Tsarina Natalya Kirillovna.[1] The Grand Kremlin Palace was built by the architect K. A. Thon with a brief from the Tsar to create a building in the Russian style that also showed the influence of Byzantium. It was for this new Russian setting that the Kremlin service was designed. This plate has a specifically Russian design featuring the Imperial eagle surrounded by a Cyrillic inscription, which reads, “Nicholas the Emperor and Ruler of All the Russias” on a richly decorated surface.
This plate is a very fine example of Russian Imperial porcelain. It would join our strong collection of Soviet porcelain from the time period, 1918–85, which includes the 250-piece Shapiro Collection. The museum also holds examples of fine porcelain from other European countries of the 18th and early 19th century.
[1] L. Pisarskaya, N. G. Platonova, and B. Oulianova, Les émaux russes, XIe-XIXe s. [i.e. onzième-dix-nuevième] s.: colléctions des Musées: Musées du Kremlin de Moscou, Musée Historigue d'Etat, L'Ermitage (Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1974), pl. 61.

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment. It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 3.2 x 22.2 cm (1 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside, underglaze blue: elaborate "H", crowned monogram of Nicholas I, 1825-1855

Cite this object as

Kremlin Service Dessert Plate, ca. 1830; Russia; gilt and glazed hard-paste porcelain; H x diam.: 3.2 x 22.2 cm (1 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2005-6-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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