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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 Ceramic Deviled Egg Platter & Serving Platter
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Ceramic Deviled Egg Platter & Serving Platter
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$138 Bids
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M.A. Hadley Handmade Ceramic Platter And Candle Cover 14”
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
M.A. Hadley Handmade Ceramic Platter And Candle Cover 14”
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$55 Bids
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M A Hadley Serving Platter Hand Painted, 19 Inch Diameter
Mar 10, 6:00 PM EST
M A Hadley Serving Platter Hand Painted, 19 Inch Diameter
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$164 Bids
OGGETTISTICA
Mar 07, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €2,000- €2,300
€2,0001 Bid
Teco Pottery tray
Mar 10, 11:00 AM EST
Teco Pottery tray
by Treadway Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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Rike Moss Pottery Serving Tray, Flamingos and Ladies
Mar 07, 2:00 PM EST
Rike Moss Pottery Serving Tray, Flamingos and Ladies
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
MUD PIE CRACKER TRAY
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
MUD PIE CRACKER TRAY
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$31 Bid
ENGLISH TRANSFER WARE PLATTER, BLUE AND WHITE
Mar 13, 11:15 AM EDT
ENGLISH TRANSFER WARE PLATTER, BLUE AND WHITE
by Ashcroft and Moore
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Mouse small platter ceramic vintage
Mar 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Mouse small platter ceramic vintage
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $60- $125
$500 Bids
FAIENCE PLATTER DECORATED WITH GROTESQUE FIGURES
Mar 21, 1:30 PM CET
FAIENCE PLATTER DECORATED WITH GROTESQUE FIGURES
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF300- CHF400
CHF3000 Bids
OVAL FAIENCE PLATTER
Mar 21, 1:30 PM CET
OVAL FAIENCE PLATTER
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF400- CHF600
CHF4000 Bids
OVAL FAIENCE PLATTER
Mar 21, 1:30 PM CET
OVAL FAIENCE PLATTER
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF250- CHF350
CHF2500 Bids
Six assorted Australian studio pottery platters, including rectangular example. the largest 42cm wide
Mar 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
Six assorted Australian studio pottery platters, including rectangular example. the largest 42cm wide
by Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
Est: AUD120- AUD200
AUD1000 Bids
Due vassoi - Two trays
Mar 13, 6:30 PM CET
Due vassoi - Two trays
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €150- €200
€500 Bids
Piccolo vassoio - Small tray
Mar 14, 6:30 PM CET
Piccolo vassoio - Small tray
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €100- €150
€500 Bids
English Transfer Printed Platter
Mar 07, 10:00 AM EST
English Transfer Printed Platter
by STAIR
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Redwing Mid Century Modern Platter #2226
Mar 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Redwing Mid Century Modern Platter #2226
by Main Auction Galleries
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Talavera ceramic platter or Archbishop's Bridge, 19th century
Mar 04, 5:00 PM CET
Talavera ceramic platter or Archbishop's Bridge, 19th century
by Ansorena
Est: €900- €1,200
€6000 Bids
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Genuine Incolay Stone Platter
Mar 16, 2:00 PM EDT
Genuine Incolay Stone Platter
by Heritage Antiques & Auction
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Austrian Clown Glazed Ceramic Dish Tray
Apr 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Austrian Clown Glazed Ceramic Dish Tray
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
WATERMELON PLATTER
Mar 09, 11:00 AM CST
WATERMELON PLATTER
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$30 Bids
Antique Viennese Enamel & Gilt Bronze Platter
Mar 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Viennese Enamel & Gilt Bronze Platter
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,0000 Bids
19TH-CENTURY LAZY SUSAN
Mar 06, 10:00 AM GMT
19TH-CENTURY LAZY SUSAN
by Sheppards
Est: €150- €250
€900 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Platters & Trays


Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Leski Auctions Pty Ltd

Aether Auctions

Aether Auctions

Koller Auctions

Koller Auctions

Westport Auction

Westport Auction