Despite wars and revolutions, the final decades of the Russian Empire witnessed a great flourishing of literature, music, painting and decorative arts. The Imperial Porcelain Factory made exquisite figurines designed by talented young artists of St. Petersburg’s burgeoning art scene. The Factory’s craftsmen developed the technique of under glaze painting similar to Royal Copenhagen porcelain that Nicholas and Alexandra collected on their family visits to Denmark.
Two new services were commissioned by the Imperial family. The Turquoise Service was intended for the Winter Palace. The Purple Service was to become the last gala service produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory under the Tsars. It was made for the Alexander Palace, the last family home of Nicholas an Alexandra.