The Kremlin Service was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I in 1836 from the Imperial Porcelain Factory, and the design entrusted to the painter and archeologist, F. G. Solntsev. The motifs were inspired by designs of 17th century Russian metalwork, for instance the dessert plates are after a jewelled, gold and enamelled plate made in 1667 for Natalia Kirilovna, neé Naryshkina, wife of the second Romanov Tsar, Aleksei Mikhailovich.
For further information regarding the Kremlin service see:
Ed. P. Schaffer, An Imperial Fascination: Porcelain, Dinning with the Czars, New York, 1991, pp. 96-97, fig. 199.
N. B. von Wolf, Imperial Porcelain Factory 1744-1904, St. Petersburg, 2003, p. 204, illustrated.