Plates were called tareli in Old Russia. They were executed of different materials, i.e. precious metals or tin, and decorated with gilding, enamels and precious stones. They were not widely used in everyday life as utensils for eating, but became widespread as vessels for holding food during feasts and banquets. In the XVIIth century plates could be granted as rewards for service and etc.
Representative of the late XVIIth century style is the plate, executed by makers of the Moscow Kremlin Workshops in 1670-1980 (img. 11). Vessels of this type were more decorative than practical. The beauty of this artwork is based on the contrast of the silver-gilt surface with the velvety smoothness of niello work. Floral motifs including stylized pomegranate seeds adorn the plate; this type of decoration appeared in Russian work in the second half of the XVIIth century, having been influenced by Eastern design. A thin gilt inlay is applied to the bottom of the plate, bearing a laurel wreath roundel with a coat of arms. In comparison with Western Europe, coats of arms appeared in Russia relatively late. In 1673 Austrian Emperor Leopold I designed a special form of coats of arms for Russian families. The device of this plate belonged to the boyar Bogdan Matveevich Khitrovo.