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Glass plates add an air of class to any dining table. Incredibly diverse in quality and design, glass plates
nevertheless share the universal appeal of their medium, one of the greatest inventions of the ancient world.
As the most rudimentary of serving pieces, plates and platters have been featured in dinner services
well back into the history of human culture. The advent of glass only added to the richness of plate
offerings. The beauty of glass plates continued to grow with the rise of crystal glass and the elegant effect it
brings to the dining table.
Many glass plates feature elaborate motifs from stylized patterns to historic landmarks. These motifs
and patterns created a visual tradition stocked equally with heritage and honed decorative skill. Remaining
today is a field of antique glass plates so diverse that it is a collector’s paradise.
The word plate is derived from the ancient Greek "platus," which means flat
An ancient glass plate dating to approximately the 4th century A.D. was recently discovered in pieces
in Spain. The mostly-reassembled plate has been scrutinized heavily by leading archaeologists, as it depicts
a relatively unusual beardless image of Christ
The principles of making glass plates extended to larger-scale plate glass production, which was
perfected by the late 18th century and allowed for increasingly-elaborate glass applications. Among these
notable applications is the famed Crystal Palace that was designed by Joseph Paxton for the 1851 Great
Exhibition in London