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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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Vintage Copeland England Spode's Tower Dinnerware
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Copeland England Spode's Tower Dinnerware
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Est: $10- $1,000
$11012 Bids
Extensive Villeroy and Boch dinner service, Petite Fleur pattern
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Extensive Villeroy and Boch dinner service, Petite Fleur pattern
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Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD1,3009 Bids
Williams Sonoma Heirloom Tomatoes Dinnerware
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Williams Sonoma Heirloom Tomatoes Dinnerware
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Est: $10- $1,000
$558 Bids
Royal Copenhagen Assorted Porcelain Service, 145
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Royal Copenhagen Assorted Porcelain Service, 145
by Showplace
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$2,7506 Bids
Antique English Polychrome Dinnerware
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique English Polychrome Dinnerware
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Est: $10- $1,000
$134 Bids
Vintage Donegal Parian China Ireland Dinnerware
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Vintage Donegal Parian China Ireland Dinnerware
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$1104 Bids
Vintage Gibson Dinnerware China
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Gibson Dinnerware China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$103 Bids
Antique English Dinnerware Estate Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique English Dinnerware Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$73 Bids
Vintage Adams English Blue Parrot Calyx Ware Dinnerware
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Adams English Blue Parrot Calyx Ware Dinnerware
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$92 Bids
Vintage Royal Embassy Norwich Dinnerware China
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Royal Embassy Norwich Dinnerware China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$212 Bids
Myotts Chelsea Bird part dinner service
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Myotts Chelsea Bird part dinner service
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD1102 Bids
Noritake Alberta dinner service
Oct 31, 7:00 PM AEDT
Noritake Alberta dinner service
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD302 Bids
A Copeland Spode Blue & White Dinner Service
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Copeland Spode Blue & White Dinner Service
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1402 Bids
Antique French And English Dinnerware Group Lot
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Antique French And English Dinnerware Group Lot
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$62 Bids
A Mid-Century Arabia Ware Finland Dinner Service
Nov 03, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Mid-Century Arabia Ware Finland Dinner Service
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1001 Bid
PARTIAL DRESDEN PORCELAIN DINNER SERVICE
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
PARTIAL DRESDEN PORCELAIN DINNER SERVICE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $80- $200
$401 Bid
11 PIECES OF 19TH CENTURY CHINESE EXPORT
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
11 PIECES OF 19TH CENTURY CHINESE EXPORT
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Vintage Pottery Dinnerware Estate Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Pottery Dinnerware Estate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
Vintage Flintridge Bon-Lite Mirador Dinnerware China
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Flintridge Bon-Lite Mirador Dinnerware China
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
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ESSEX, MASSACHUSETTS TRADE SIGN Mid-20th Century Height 30”. Width 24”.
Nov 18, 9:30 AM EST
ESSEX, MASSACHUSETTS TRADE SIGN Mid-20th Century Height 30”. Width 24”.
by Eldred's
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
R/Albert old country Roses dinner set for 8, only 6 sweet bowls
Oct 31, 10:00 AM AEDT
R/Albert old country Roses dinner set for 8, only 6 sweet bowls
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD2001 Bid
A Maxwell & Williams Dinner Service for Six
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Maxwell & Williams Dinner Service for Six
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD301 Bid
Minton Blue Ground Porcelain Part Dinner Service
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Minton Blue Ground Porcelain Part Dinner Service
by Stair
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
Dinner set for 6 people, Rosenthal, Model Sanssouci
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Dinner set for 6 people, Rosenthal, Model Sanssouci
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €180- €360
€1600 Bids

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