The coffee service was created by Chekhonin in 1926 on commission from the Soviet embassy in Berlin. It was painted with his earlier 1921 illustrations of Alexander Pushkin’s poem ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’.
For a comparative coffee pot, see A. Lunacharskii et al., Sovetskii farfor [Soviet Porcelain], Moscow, 1927, p. 36, also see A. Ivanova, I. N. Lipovich, Exhibition catalogue, Sergei Chekhonin, The State Russian Museum, Moscow, 1994, pp. 119-120, illustrated nos. 478-482. A similar coffee pot and the service are held in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.