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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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(33pc) Metlox Poppytrail Dinnerware
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(33pc) Metlox Poppytrail Dinnerware
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$406 Bids
Part Rorstrand, Sweden “Koka Blue” dinner service, designed by Hertha Bengtson, c1960.
Mar 04, 7:00 PM AEDT
Part Rorstrand, Sweden “Koka Blue” dinner service, designed by Hertha Bengtson, c1960.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD453 Bids
Uitgebreid (76 st) eetservies in faïence, gemerkt …
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Uitgebreid (76 st) eetservies in faïence, gemerkt …
by DVC
Est: €0- €0
€703 Bids
A Fine 19th C. English 183pc Dinnerware Set by CAULDON
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
A Fine 19th C. English 183pc Dinnerware Set by CAULDON
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $600
$802 Bids
60+ Piece Dish Set, Superior Hall Quality
Mar 05, 9:00 AM EST
60+ Piece Dish Set, Superior Hall Quality
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
A Villeroy and Boch 'Geranium' dinner suite
Mar 07, 1:00 PM AEDT
A Villeroy and Boch 'Geranium' dinner suite
by Lawsons
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD151 Bid
Kgl., Dagmar
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
Kgl., Dagmar
by Svendborg Auktionerne ApS
Est: 1,000 kr- 2,000 kr
1,000 kr0 Bids
White Ironstone ADAMS CALYX WARE Dinner Service
Mar 03, 10:00 AM CST
White Ironstone ADAMS CALYX WARE Dinner Service
by Rivich Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
LARGE DINNER SERVICE
Mar 21, 1:30 PM CET
LARGE DINNER SERVICE
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF4,000- CHF6,000
CHF4,0000 Bids
[BASEBALL]. Group of Three Baseball-Themed Pottery Restaura...
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CST
[BASEBALL]. Group of Three Baseball-Themed Pottery Restaura...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Royal Grafton Malvern pattern large dinner & tea service
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
Royal Grafton Malvern pattern large dinner & tea service
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
Rörstrand, Taffel
Mar 02, 10:00 AM CET
Rörstrand, Taffel
by Svendborg Auktionerne ApS
Est: 1,000 kr- 2,000 kr
1,000 kr0 Bids
Royal Benton Radiant Roses Porcelain Dinner Set
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Royal Benton Radiant Roses Porcelain Dinner Set
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $20- $30
$100 Bids
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JWR Robinsons Dinner Set
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
JWR Robinsons Dinner Set
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
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Old Ivory Ceramic Set
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Old Ivory Ceramic Set
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
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Vintage Deep Navy Dinner Set
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Vintage Deep Navy Dinner Set
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $200- $300
$400 Bids
American Manor "Interpace" Pattern Dinner Service
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
American Manor "Interpace" Pattern Dinner Service
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $20- $30
$100 Bids
GOLD RIMMED ST. LOUIS THISTLE STYLE DINNERWARE SET
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
GOLD RIMMED ST. LOUIS THISTLE STYLE DINNERWARE SET
by Dallas Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
Grazia Deruta Italian Glazed Pottery Service
Apr 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Grazia Deruta Italian Glazed Pottery Service
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Lot of 45 Pieces Massimo Vignelli for Heller Melamine Dinnerware
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Lot of 45 Pieces Massimo Vignelli for Heller Melamine Dinnerware
by Public Sale Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
KAFFEE-TEESERVICE "HEINRICH" DEKOR ANMUT", CA. 55 TEILE
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
KAFFEE-TEESERVICE "HEINRICH" DEKOR ANMUT", CA. 55 TEILE
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€700 Bids
SERVICETEILE "VILLEROY&BOCH" DEKOR SUMMEWRDAY, 57 TEILE
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
SERVICETEILE "VILLEROY&BOCH" DEKOR SUMMEWRDAY, 57 TEILE
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€1400 Bids
A dinner service
Mar 14, 2:00 PM WET
A dinner service
by Veritas Art Auctioneers
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
A 28 Piece John Maddock & Sons Part Dinner Service
Mar 04, 7:00 PM SAST
A 28 Piece John Maddock & Sons Part Dinner Service
by 5th Avenue Auctioneers
Est: R1,000- R1,500
R9000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Dinner Service


Svendborg Auktionerne ApS

Svendborg Auktionerne ApS

Millea Bros Ltd

Millea Bros Ltd

5th Avenue Auctioneers

5th Avenue Auctioneers