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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Franciscan Apple Dinnerware Canisters Serving Pieces Cups and Mugs
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Franciscan Apple Dinnerware Canisters Serving Pieces Cups and Mugs
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$1108 Bids
Italian Pink Rose Decorated Porcelain Dinner Service, Thirty-One Pieces
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Italian Pink Rose Decorated Porcelain Dinner Service, Thirty-One Pieces
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$453 Bids
Speiseservice, 28 Teile
Dec 01, 11:00 AM CET
Speiseservice, 28 Teile
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1501 Bid
Extensive English Partial Dinner and Dessert Service
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CST
Extensive English Partial Dinner and Dessert Service
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8001 Bid
Speiseservice mit Blumendekor
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Speiseservice mit Blumendekor
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
(67) pc Taylor Smith 22k Gold Trim China Dinner Set
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
(67) pc Taylor Smith 22k Gold Trim China Dinner Set
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids
Speiseservice
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Speiseservice
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €950- €1,900
€9500 Bids
Bjorn Wiinblad MAGIC FLUTE & FANTASY Tableware, 70 pcs.
Dec 01, 12:00 PM EST
Bjorn Wiinblad MAGIC FLUTE & FANTASY Tableware, 70 pcs.
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,9000 Bids
A scarce Caravan Club part tea and dinner service by Maddock
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A scarce Caravan Club part tea and dinner service by Maddock
by Martel Maides
Est: £150- £200
£1000 Bids
Service à dîner lustré noir
Dec 05, 12:00 PM CET
Service à dîner lustré noir
by Geneve Encheres
Est: CHF400- CHF600
CHF2000 Bids
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60pc Fraureuth Fine China Dinnerware
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
60pc Fraureuth Fine China Dinnerware
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Lockett, Baguley & Cooper Porcelain Partial Dessert Service
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CST
Lockett, Baguley & Cooper Porcelain Partial Dessert Service
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
19th Century Hand Decorated Floral Tea & dinnerware
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
19th Century Hand Decorated Floral Tea & dinnerware
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £40- £80
£400 Bids
A large Austrian Gilt Decorated Dinner Service(4 trays)
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
A large Austrian Gilt Decorated Dinner Service(4 trays)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
K et G Luneville Dinner Set - 88 Pieces
Dec 17, 10:00 AM EST
K et G Luneville Dinner Set - 88 Pieces
by Regency Auction House
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
LARGE LOT WOOD'S BURSLEM "NORBURY"
Jan 02, 11:00 AM EST
LARGE LOT WOOD'S BURSLEM "NORBURY"
by Austin York LLC
Est: $50- $80
$100 Bids
A large quantity of Indian Tree dinner wares.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A large quantity of Indian Tree dinner wares.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £30- £50
£300 Bids
A quantity of Thomas of Germany dinner and teaware.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A quantity of Thomas of Germany dinner and teaware.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £20- £30
£200 Bids
FRAUREUTH Speiseservice
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
FRAUREUTH Speiseservice
by Auktionshaus Rotherbaum OHG
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids
(21) Pcs Longaberger Pottery Kitchenware Set
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
(21) Pcs Longaberger Pottery Kitchenware Set
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $300- $400
$1000 Bids
A Villeroy and Boch Delia pattern dinner service.
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A Villeroy and Boch Delia pattern dinner service.
by Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers
Est: £30- £50
£300 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Dec 06, 10:00 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €200- €250
€2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Dinner Service


New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries

Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers

Rowley Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden