This important service was presented to Empress Catherine II (1729-1796) by Frederick II, King of Prussia (1712-1786). The plates and flatware depict military encampment scenes from the Russo-Turkish wars and were painted by Johann-Baptist-Balthasar Borrman. For other examples of this service, see Exhibition catalogue, The Tsars' Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs, Williamsburg, 2011, listed pp. 26-27, illustrated p. 27, no. 22 and E. Köllmann, Berliner Porzellan 1763-1963, Brauschweig, 1966, p. 312, pls. 94 & 101.