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Platters & Trays

Since the dawn of the dinner party, platters and trays have been essential. Meeting the functional need for serving cuisine, ceramic platters and trays can also add flair to dining. Whether decorative stoneware or dynamic majolica, ceramic platters and trays dazzle guests with both their beauty and history.

Our use for plates and trays today is the same that necessitated their creation many millennia ago. The earliest humans realized the need for both food service and storage, and so they turned to ceramic wares to meet both needs. In addition to developing lidded vessels for liquid and grain storage, early innovators created elaborate ceramic platters and trays, which were extended plates for larger or communal gatherings.

Over time, both trays and platters experienced an exponential rise in decoration. Early Chinese porcelain pieces featured elaborate motifs and elegant glazes on elongated trays as early as 8th century B.C. These techniques and designs slowly made their way to western Europe, resulting in the highly ornate painted porcelain pieces from companies such as Meissen and Sèvres. Today's field of antique ceramic platters and trays is expansive, with pieces to fit any personality.


Quick Facts

  • The record for the world's largest ceramic plate is currently held by a creation in Beirut, Lebanon. Measuring 23.5 feet in diameter and weighing in at more than 4,000 pounds, the clay plate bears interior steel tube armatures to accommodate its mass
  • The most expensive platter to appear at a Christie's London auction is one in a painting: 17th century Dutch artist Willem Claesz Heda's "A Blackberry Pie on a Pewter Platter" sold in July 2014 for $8,290,360
  • Similar to trays, antique salvers were made of silver and missing handles. Salvers were once customary for the presentation of drinks or correspondence by a waiter or servant

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Hand Painted Terracotta Floral Platter
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Hand Painted Terracotta Floral Platter
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$44 Bids
Erik Ploen 1925-2004 Figural Art Pottery Platters
Nov 30, 11:00 AM EST
Erik Ploen 1925-2004 Figural Art Pottery Platters
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $50- $500
$252 Bids
Watfa Midani 1996 Untitled Blue Pattern Platter
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Watfa Midani 1996 Untitled Blue Pattern Platter
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1252 Bids
Vintage RICHARD GINORI Gilt porcelain Rooster Tray
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage RICHARD GINORI Gilt porcelain Rooster Tray
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $100
$32 Bids
Vintage Hand Painted Portuguese Floral Platter
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Hand Painted Portuguese Floral Platter
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$11 Bid
UNA DEERBON, impressive pottery platter with applied grapes and leaves, incised "Una Deerbon", 38.5cm wide
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
UNA DEERBON, impressive pottery platter with applied grapes and leaves, incised "Una Deerbon", 38.5cm wide
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD600- AUD1,000
AUD5001 Bid
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Nov 30, 6:00 PM EST
kitchen ware
by BLG Auction Services
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
MacKenzie-Childs Ceramic Platter
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
MacKenzie-Childs Ceramic Platter
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
An 18th Century Sycamore Food Platter, 9¾'' (25 cm) in diameter. A 19th Century Ash Till Bowl of Sal
Dec 03, 11:00 AM GMT
An 18th Century Sycamore Food Platter, 9¾'' (25 cm) in diameter. A 19th Century Ash Till Bowl of Sal
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £100- £200
£800 Bids
Ceramic Trays by Boyer
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Ceramic Trays by Boyer
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
Vintage (9) BPOE Oval Serving Platters / Bowls
Nov 30, 9:00 AM PST
Vintage (9) BPOE Oval Serving Platters / Bowls
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $70- $125
$300 Bids
BPOE Lodge No. 84 Porcelain Serving Platter
Nov 30, 9:00 AM PST
BPOE Lodge No. 84 Porcelain Serving Platter
by Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
Est: $50- $80
$200 Bids
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CARL WALTERS (1883 - 1955)
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
CARL WALTERS (1883 - 1955)
by James Cox Gallery
Est: $800- $1,000
$4000 Bids
19th Century Blue And White Clews Castle Pattern Serving Tray
Dec 04, 3:00 PM PST
19th Century Blue And White Clews Castle Pattern Serving Tray
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $200- $250
$1200 Bids
Oval Rose Medallion Platter, Orange Peel Glaze, 1 1/2"h x 13 1/2"w x 11"d
Dec 06, 5:00 PM EST
Oval Rose Medallion Platter, Orange Peel Glaze, 1 1/2"h x 13 1/2"w x 11"d
by Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Marc Bellaire 'Jungle' platter
Dec 03, 9:30 AM EST
Marc Bellaire 'Jungle' platter
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $80- $150
$400 Bids
Marc Bellaire 'Jungle' platter
Dec 03, 9:30 AM EST
Marc Bellaire 'Jungle' platter
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $80- $150
$400 Bids
Marc Bellaire 'Jungle' platter
Dec 03, 9:30 AM EST
Marc Bellaire 'Jungle' platter
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $60- $120
$300 Bids
Marc Bellaire 'Jungle' platter
Dec 03, 9:30 AM EST
Marc Bellaire 'Jungle' platter
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $80- $150
$400 Bids
GROUP OF THREE VINTAGE PLATTERS AND PLAQUE
Nov 29, 10:00 AM PST
GROUP OF THREE VINTAGE PLATTERS AND PLAQUE
by I.M. Chait Gallery
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
2 LARGE 19TH-CENTURY BLUE & WHITE MEAT PLATTERS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
2 LARGE 19TH-CENTURY BLUE & WHITE MEAT PLATTERS
by Sheppards
Est: €80- €120
€450 Bids
2 LARGE 19TH-CENTURY BLUE & WHITE MEAT PLATTERS
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
2 LARGE 19TH-CENTURY BLUE & WHITE MEAT PLATTERS
by Sheppards
Est: €80- €120
€450 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Platters & Trays


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Rachel Davis Fine Arts

Rachel Davis Fine Arts

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd

Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd