Wooden Trays

Trays, or shallow platforms used to transport and hold objects, are made of many different materials, including gold, silver, bronze, sheet iron, and wood. Ranging from luxury options to disposable, one-use versions, trays serve a wide variety of purposes depending on the social context.

In Japan, wooden trays have been used for centuries as serving platters for snacks, such as sliced fruit and tea. They are often made of keyaki, a valuable type of tree used extensively in Japanese woodworking, with the platter and handles carved from the same piece of wood. Also used frequently in Japan are small Shinto altars called kamidana, or “god shelves,” which consist of a wooden tray filled with sprigs of pine, food offerings, sake, candles, and talismans of local gods.

Today, many people use metal and plastic trays because they are mass-produced, affordable, and easy to clean. However, collectors of wooden objects prefer the individuality, craftsmanship, and exquisite detail of wooden trays and purchase antique and modern pieces to accentuate their homes.


Quick Facts

  • On October 6, 2015, Bonham’s London sold a mother-of-pearl and black lacquer overlaid wood tray made in northern India during the 18th century for $1,470,000
  • On June 3, 2015, Christie’s Hong Kong sold an imperial polychrome lacquer quatrefoil tray made during Emperor Jiajin’s rule (1522-1566) for $595,792

Recommended Items at Auction

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A late 19th century Chinese Export silver twin handled tray, Canton circa 1890 retailed by Wang Hing
Oct 20, 10:00 AM BST
A late 19th century Chinese Export silver twin handled tray, Canton circa 1890 retailed by Wang Hing
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £1,200- £1,600
£1,1007 Bids
Wicker Bed Tray
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Wicker Bed Tray
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
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BERNHARD CERAMIC VASE WITH CERAMIC ASH TRAY AND BOWL
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
BERNHARD CERAMIC VASE WITH CERAMIC ASH TRAY AND BOWL
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$54 Bids
A Large Wooden Tray Decorated With Mother of Pearl Inlaid With Warriors 
Oct 17, 6:00 PM ICT
A Large Wooden Tray Decorated With Mother of Pearl Inlaid With Warriors 
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿10,000- ฿15,000
฿7,0003 Bids
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SCHLUTER KERDI-SHOWER-T WATERPROOF SLOPED SHOWEER TRAY
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
SCHLUTER KERDI-SHOWER-T WATERPROOF SLOPED SHOWEER TRAY
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$22 Bids
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ROYAL DOULTON COACHING SCENE TRAY X 3 & A BEAKER
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
ROYAL DOULTON COACHING SCENE TRAY X 3 & A BEAKER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD30- AUD80
AUD352 Bids
AN OTTOMAN SILVER TRAY WITH REPOUSSÉ DECORATION Ottoman Provinces, 19th century
Oct 29, 1:00 PM BST
AN OTTOMAN SILVER TRAY WITH REPOUSSÉ DECORATION Ottoman Provinces, 19th century
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£2001 Bid
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REGENCY STYLE TOLE PEINTE TRAY
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
REGENCY STYLE TOLE PEINTE TRAY
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
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6 TIER WALL SHELF WITH 2” TRAYS
Oct 24, 12:00 PM EDT
6 TIER WALL SHELF WITH 2” TRAYS
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Goa France Hand Painted Porcelain Tray
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Goa France Hand Painted Porcelain Tray
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
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OVAL SHAPED LAZY SUSAN
Oct 25, 12:00 PM EDT
OVAL SHAPED LAZY SUSAN
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Birks - Hammered sterling silver tray
Oct 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Birks - Hammered sterling silver tray
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$3,6000 Bids
Two English Silver Plate-Mounted Wood Trays
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Two English Silver Plate-Mounted Wood Trays
by Stair
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Francis I Sterling Round Tray
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Francis I Sterling Round Tray
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A SILVER TRAY
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A SILVER TRAY
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €350- €700
€3300 Bids
ELKINGTON & CO. SILVERPLATE CALLING CARD TRAY
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
ELKINGTON & CO. SILVERPLATE CALLING CARD TRAY
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
A 19TH C WOOD CUTLERY TRAY WITH ETCHED DECORATION
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
A 19TH C WOOD CUTLERY TRAY WITH ETCHED DECORATION
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
5 Toleware Trays, incl. Chinoiserie Peacocks
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
5 Toleware Trays, incl. Chinoiserie Peacocks
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Mexican Sterling Silver Serving Tray
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Mexican Sterling Silver Serving Tray
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Wooden Trays


Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus