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Kremlin Service Dessert Plate

This is a Dessert plate. It was designed by Fedor Grigorievich Solntsev and made by Imperial Porcelain Manufactory. 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.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

  • Plate (France)
  • tin-glazed thrown earthenware.
  • Gift of Mrs. George T. Bliss.
  • 1907-23-4

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  • mother-of-pearl, ivory, silver, lacquer, wood.
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1952-164-9-a,b
  • Clock (France)
  • gilt bronze.
  • Museum purchase through bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1986-30-1
  • Plate (France)
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Eleanor Garnier Hewitt.
  • 1931-40-37

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; Designed by Fedor Grigorievich Solntsev (Russian, 1801–1892); Made by Imperial Porcelain Manufactory (Russia); 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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