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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Glass pedestal cake plate
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Glass pedestal cake plate
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$105 Bids
Gorham 1831 Lady Anne round cake plate
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Gorham 1831 Lady Anne round cake plate
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
(5) Antique Favrile Iridescent Green Iridescent Plates
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
(5) Antique Favrile Iridescent Green Iridescent Plates
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Gerry Reilly, Australia , Blue Swirl Plate, Glass
Oct 05, 6:00 PM AEDT
Gerry Reilly, Australia , Blue Swirl Plate, Glass
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD401 Bid
(6) Vibrant Organic Pink Studio Glass Plates
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
(6) Vibrant Organic Pink Studio Glass Plates
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $50- $100
$301 Bid
Group of Molded Glass, Glass Pie Plate and Casserole Dishes
Oct 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Molded Glass, Glass Pie Plate and Casserole Dishes
by Weschler's
Est: $10- $20
$51 Bid
ART GLASS CHARGER ON STAND
Oct 03, 10:00 AM PDT
ART GLASS CHARGER ON STAND
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Glass German Plate 1981
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Glass German Plate 1981
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$200 Bids
Georges Briard 'Forbidden Fruit' Pattern Square Dish
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Georges Briard 'Forbidden Fruit' Pattern Square Dish
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
5 Kurt McVay studio art glass plates
Oct 05, 2:00 PM PDT
5 Kurt McVay studio art glass plates
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$300 Bids
Convolute Alessi, two parts, consisting of: Cake plate/serving dish "Bimbov
Oct 08, 1:00 PM CEST
Convolute Alessi, two parts, consisting of: Cake plate/serving dish "Bimbov
by Auktionshaus am See
Est: €0- €0
€300 Bids
Glass plates and plated serving tray
Oct 04, 9:00 AM EDT
Glass plates and plated serving tray
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids
FOUR GLASS SERVING PLATTERS & CENTERPIECE BOWL
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
FOUR GLASS SERVING PLATTERS & CENTERPIECE BOWL
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids
CLEAR SANDWICH GLASS PLATE
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
CLEAR SANDWICH GLASS PLATE
by Converse Auctions
Est: $40- $80
$100 Bids
Set of 8 Cut-edged Black Plates, 4 Large, 4 Small
Oct 05, 4:30 PM CDT
Set of 8 Cut-edged Black Plates, 4 Large, 4 Small
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
Set of 4 Large Round-edged Orange Plates
Oct 05, 4:30 PM CDT
Set of 4 Large Round-edged Orange Plates
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
Set of 4 Large Round-edged Black Plates
Oct 05, 4:30 PM CDT
Set of 4 Large Round-edged Black Plates
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
Set of 2 Small Round-edged Orange Plates
Oct 05, 4:30 PM CDT
Set of 2 Small Round-edged Orange Plates
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
17 pc Mid Century FIRE KING Wheat Dinner Plates,
Oct 04, 5:00 PM MST
17 pc Mid Century FIRE KING Wheat Dinner Plates,
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
PRESSED GLASSS EGG PLATE
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
PRESSED GLASSS EGG PLATE
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$30 Bids
Villeroy & Boch Glass Plate
Oct 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Villeroy & Boch Glass Plate
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
4 RUBY RED SQUARE LUNCHEON PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
4 RUBY RED SQUARE LUNCHEON PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
4 ELEGANT GLASS DUNCAN & MILLER LANGUAGE OF THE FLOWERS PLATES
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
4 ELEGANT GLASS DUNCAN & MILLER LANGUAGE OF THE FLOWERS PLATES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
A SET OF NINE MID-CENTURY LUNCHEON PLATES AND TRAY DESIGNED BY DOROTHY THORPE (AMERICAN 1901-1989)
Oct 16, 10:00 AM EDT
A SET OF NINE MID-CENTURY LUNCHEON PLATES AND TRAY DESIGNED BY DOROTHY THORPE (AMERICAN 1901-1989)
by Shapiro Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Plates


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC