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Dinner Service

Used for events from weddings to housewarmings, ceramic and porcelain dinner services exude family togetherness while simultaneously celebrating the rich lineage of porcelain design. They are the defining pieces of a well-set dinner table.

Though the heritage of ceramic plates and serving pieces dates far back into history, elegantly designed dinner services are more recent and correspond to the rise of the great European porcelain producers. In the 18th century, as makers like Limoges and Meissen broke into the hard-paste porcelain market, the demand for decorative and dazzling dinner services began to accelerate.

Nowhere was this surge stronger than among the royal and aristocratic courts of Europe. So enraptured was French King Louis XV with porcelain that he, encouraged by his mistress Madame de Pompadour, established his own porcelain manufacturing facility near the town of Sèvres. Soon, the notion of an elegant table became synonymous with refined and regal dinner services, a connection that still exists today.


Quick Facts

  • The world's most expensive dinner service is the Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica pattern, which can sell for up to $7,000 per place setting
  • The ancient Roman dinner party was known, in part, for its elaborate place settings and serving pieces. Wealthy Roman tables included matched sets of plates, bowls and trays. Their medium of choice was not ceramic but rather, silver
  • Different services correspond to different numbers of pieces included. The most basic ceramic dinner service includes three pieces: a dinner plate along with a matching cup and saucer. The sets can grow up to seven pieces

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Villeroy & Boch "Audun" partial dinner suite
Jul 25, 1:00 PM AEST
Villeroy & Boch "Audun" partial dinner suite
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD32512 Bids
(110 Pc) Richard Ginori "Italian Fruits (Antico Doccia)" Dinnerware Set
Aug 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(110 Pc) Richard Ginori "Italian Fruits (Antico Doccia)" Dinnerware Set
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $1,000- $4,000
$1,1003 Bids
B.& L. Dinnerware “ OLD DERBY”
Jul 24, 9:00 AM EDT
B.& L. Dinnerware “ OLD DERBY”
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$52 Bids
A John Maddock Part Dinner Service
Jul 22, 7:00 PM SAST
A John Maddock Part Dinner Service
by 5th Avenue Auctioneers
Est: R1,000- R1,500
R6001 Bid
(15) Woodsware Dinnerware
Jul 24, 9:00 AM EDT
(15) Woodsware Dinnerware
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Christopher Radko Traditions Holiday Dinnerware, Service for 8 and More
Jul 25, 6:00 PM EDT
Christopher Radko Traditions Holiday Dinnerware, Service for 8 and More
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Russel Wright "Steubenville" Ceramic Service, 84
Jul 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Russel Wright "Steubenville" Ceramic Service, 84
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
Group of (7) Feather Edge Pearlware Table Articles
Jul 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Group of (7) Feather Edge Pearlware Table Articles
by South Bay Auctions Inc
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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Gallo Design Ornamento Bone China Dinnerware Set
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Gallo Design Ornamento Bone China Dinnerware Set
by La Belle Epoque Auction House
Est: $800- $1,200
$2000 Bids
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Fine English China Tea Set
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Fine English China Tea Set
by La Belle Epoque Auction House
Est: $125- $150
$1000 Bids
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Plastic dinnerware
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Plastic dinnerware
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $25- $35
$50 Bids
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Fire King dinner service
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Fire King dinner service
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $20- $40
$50 Bids
PYREX VINTAGE DINNER SET
Aug 05, 5:00 PM EDT
PYREX VINTAGE DINNER SET
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Umfangreiches Speise-Service mit Blumenmalerei, Nymphenburg, 20. Jh.
Jul 27, 11:00 AM CEST
Umfangreiches Speise-Service mit Blumenmalerei, Nymphenburg, 20. Jh.
by Kunstauktionshaus Schlosser
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
Roycroft Arts & Crafts Buffalo Pottery dinnerware
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Roycroft Arts & Crafts Buffalo Pottery dinnerware
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Herbert Sargent Art Pottery Dinnerware, 50 Pieces
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Herbert Sargent Art Pottery Dinnerware, 50 Pieces
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Partial Set of Eschenbach "Nanette" Pattern Dinnerware
Aug 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Partial Set of Eschenbach "Nanette" Pattern Dinnerware
by Nye & Company
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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umfangreiches Speiseservice, 43 Teile "Alt Schönwald" Blümchendekor
Aug 03, 1:45 PM CEST
umfangreiches Speiseservice, 43 Teile "Alt Schönwald" Blümchendekor
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids

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Apple Tree Auction Center

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