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Glass Plates

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.


Quick Facts

  • 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

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Silver Over Red Glass Plate
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Silver Over Red Glass Plate
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Est: $0- $0
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Feb 29, 12:00 PM CST
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Est: $0- $0
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Est: $0- $0
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BAGLEY ROSE URANIUM GLASS PLATER
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
BAGLEY ROSE URANIUM GLASS PLATER
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Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Vintage Glass Cake Plates
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Vintage Glass Cake Plates
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Est: $0- $0
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25 Vintage Collector Plates.
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25 Vintage Collector Plates.
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Est: $0- $0
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Round Plate Empty Pockets Millefiori Light Blue Murano Glass
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Round Plate Empty Pockets Millefiori Light Blue Murano Glass
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Set of 11 Vintage Northwood Stretch Glass Dessert Plates in Iridescent Green
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Set of 11 Vintage Northwood Stretch Glass Dessert Plates in Iridescent Green
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Shriners Syria Temple Pittsburgh 1906 Los Angeles Glass Souvenir Plates
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Shriners Syria Temple Pittsburgh 1906 Los Angeles Glass Souvenir Plates
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Est: $100- $10,000
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Steven Newell (b. 1948) : A large American art glass dish / figural charg
Feb 25, 9:00 AM GMT
Steven Newell (b. 1948) : A large American art glass dish / figural charg
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £150- £250
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SERVICE DE 12 ASSIETTES A SALADE
Feb 29, 10:30 AM CET
SERVICE DE 12 ASSIETTES A SALADE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €30- €60
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GROUP OF 4 OPAQUE PINK SWIRL GLASS PLATES
Mar 02, 9:00 AM CST
GROUP OF 4 OPAQUE PINK SWIRL GLASS PLATES
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
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SET OF 4 GILDED ENAMELED CLEAR GLASS PLATES
Mar 02, 9:00 AM CST
SET OF 4 GILDED ENAMELED CLEAR GLASS PLATES
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Vintage clear glass crystal "Ornate" salad plate, 12"
Feb 27, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage clear glass crystal "Ornate" salad plate, 12"
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $80- $125
$100 Bids
Set of five plates; MARIUS ERNEST SABINO and others, France, ca.1930. Glass. Some of them have signatures.
Mar 20, 11:30 AM CET
Set of five plates; MARIUS ERNEST SABINO and others, France, ca.1930. Glass. Some of them have signatures.
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Est: €300- €500
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Three glass fish formed plates to include a blue glass example, one with or
Feb 25, 9:00 AM GMT
Three glass fish formed plates to include a blue glass example, one with or
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Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
Vintage Maurice Heaton Enameled Fused Art Glass Charger
Feb 28, 5:00 PM EST
Vintage Maurice Heaton Enameled Fused Art Glass Charger
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Est: $100- $200
$400 Bids
Eapg Glass Platters And More! Lot Of 5
Feb 25, 6:30 PM EST
Eapg Glass Platters And More! Lot Of 5
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Est: $30- $150
$100 Bids
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Vintage Humorous Glass Plate "Three Weeks After Wedding"
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Humorous Glass Plate "Three Weeks After Wedding"
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$10 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Plates


Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre