A plate from the Kremlin Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, after 1837. The centers painted with stylized swirling foliage with blue tulips centering on a coral-colored rosette, all set against a black ground within a border of green heart-shaped leaves, the remainder of the plate with elongated palmettes in blue-green and black on a richly ornamented ciselé gilt ground, the tooled, gilded rim painted with a band of simulated red and green jewels, the foot with gilt band. The underside with blue Imperial cypher mark of Nicholas I, red Kremlin Palace inventory number 23333, and a gilt inscription reading N 2.4., probably a gilder’s mark. Diameter: 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm).
This service was commissioned for use in the Great Kremlin Palace, the official Moscow residence for the Imperial family, when the process of renovating the palace began in 1837. The Imperial Porcelain Manufactory completed the great majority of the service between 1837 and 1838. On the Kremlin Service, see I. Gorbatova, “Kremlevskii serviz F.G. Solntseva,” in Russkii farfor: 250 let istorii, Moscow, 1995, pp. 24-27 and T. Kudriavtseva, Russian Imperial Porcelain, St. Petersburg, 2003, pp. 130-132.
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