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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 STERLING PLATTER. ENGRAVED.
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
VINTAGE STERLING PLATTER. ENGRAVED.
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$224 Bids
Vintage Asian Porcelain Hand Painted Platter
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Asian Porcelain Hand Painted Platter
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Floral Porcelain Tray
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Floral Porcelain Tray
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$22 Bids
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grosser Zierteller mit Parkszene "Rehau" blau
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
grosser Zierteller mit Parkszene "Rehau" blau
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€151 Bid
Lester Breininger redware platter, dated 2003
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Lester Breininger redware platter, dated 2003
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
Set of Cut Glass Decanters, Cordials, Tray
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Set of Cut Glass Decanters, Cordials, Tray
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Silver-Plate Oval Tray
Nov 11, 10:00 AM EST
Silver-Plate Oval Tray
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$251 Bid
TRAY LOT OF VINTAGE GLASSWARE
Nov 05, 4:00 PM EDT
TRAY LOT OF VINTAGE GLASSWARE
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$31 Bid
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PFALTZGRAFF SERVING PLATTER AND BOWL
Nov 02, 12:00 PM EDT
PFALTZGRAFF SERVING PLATTER AND BOWL
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Floral Porcelain Tray
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Floral Porcelain Tray
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
TRAY LOT OF VINTAGE DEPRESSION GLASSWARE
Nov 05, 4:00 PM EDT
TRAY LOT OF VINTAGE DEPRESSION GLASSWARE
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$31 Bid
Victorian W. Guerin France Artist Signed Porcelain Pheasant Platter
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Victorian W. Guerin France Artist Signed Porcelain Pheasant Platter
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
three oval platters of the Lias, approx. 80 Mio years
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
three oval platters of the Lias, approx. 80 Mio years
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €250- €500
€2400 Bids
Oval green shell edge platter
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
Oval green shell edge platter
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
2 oblong octagonal blue shell edge platters
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
2 oblong octagonal blue shell edge platters
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
2 blue shell edged platters
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
2 blue shell edged platters
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
Large Fossiliferous Platter
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Large Fossiliferous Platter
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $60- $120
$600 Bids
Round platter, Nymphenburg, ma
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Round platter, Nymphenburg, ma
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€700 Bids
Oval tray, 20th century, mahogany
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Oval tray, 20th century, mahogany
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Kleine Art-déco-Vase und Eier-Servierplatte. Max Roesler.
Oct 28, 9:00 AM CEST
Kleine Art-déco-Vase und Eier-Servierplatte. Max Roesler.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€900 Bids
Signed Studio Art Pottery Fish Form Platter
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
Signed Studio Art Pottery Fish Form Platter
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
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runde Tortenplatte mit Metallrand
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
runde Tortenplatte mit Metallrand
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Platters & Trays


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Diefenderfer Auction Company

Diefenderfer Auction Company

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Auktionshalle Cuxhaven

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre