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Ceramic Plates

From commemorative designs to delicate dining patterns, ceramic plates run the gamut of decoration and style. Tracing their origins to the world’s earliest cultures, ceramic plates have evolved as their own art form.

Plates and rudimentary platters have been a means of serving food for millennia, but it was not until the advent of porcelain that the notion of highly decorative ceramic plates came into consciousness. Porcelain ceramic plates were developed by the Chinese in the 7th century and extended to Europe more than 1,000 years later.

Elaborate motifs from stylized patterns to historic landmarks became the subject for these pieces, creating a visual tradition with both heritage and honed decorative skill. Today, the field of antique ceramic plates is so diverse that it is a collector’s paradise.


Quick Facts

  • Meissen was the first manufacturer in Europe to perfect the Chinese art of hard-paste porcelain.. A Meissen dinner service from the late 18th century including more than 60 plates and 6 platters sold at Christie’s New York for $197,900 in 2004
  • The world record for the largest ceramic plate was set in 2010 in Beirut, Lebanon. Weighing in at more than 9,500 pounds and just under 24 feet in diameter, the ceramic creation requires interior steel supports
  • Souvenir plates, or plates depicting specific landmarks, became popular in the United States at the end of the 19th century. These pieces were so popular that influential ceramic manufacturers including Homer Laughlin and Wedgwood made their own variations

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DESIGNER FASHION PLATES, frame: 63 x 67 x 2 cm
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
DESIGNER FASHION PLATES, frame: 63 x 67 x 2 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD12015 Bids
DESIGNER FASHION PLATES, frame: 63 x 67 x 2 cm
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
DESIGNER FASHION PLATES, frame: 63 x 67 x 2 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD10013 Bids
Set 5 Warrin Bavaria Gilt Porcelain Dishes
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Set 5 Warrin Bavaria Gilt Porcelain Dishes
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$609 Bids
DESIGNER FASHION PLATES, frame: 63 x 67 x 2 cm
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
DESIGNER FASHION PLATES, frame: 63 x 67 x 2 cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD608 Bids
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FRENCH OYSTER SERVING PLATE
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
FRENCH OYSTER SERVING PLATE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD2108 Bids
Two salmon pink fish plates - Bordalo, Pinheiro, Made in Portugal. L:28cm
Apr 21, 8:00 PM AEST
Two salmon pink fish plates - Bordalo, Pinheiro, Made in Portugal. L:28cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD408 Bids
9 Printing Plates
Apr 16, 9:00 AM EDT
9 Printing Plates
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$457 Bids
Set 6 New Wharf Antique Porcelain Conway Plates
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Set 6 New Wharf Antique Porcelain Conway Plates
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$156 Bids
A pair of IKEA induction plates
Apr 16, 7:00 PM AEST
A pair of IKEA induction plates
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD406 Bids
BOX LOT: TERRE DE FER PORCELAIN PLATES
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
BOX LOT: TERRE DE FER PORCELAIN PLATES
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
CERAMIC CHARGER, HAND-PAINTED IN PORTUGAL
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
CERAMIC CHARGER, HAND-PAINTED IN PORTUGAL
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$305 Bids
DANSK "MESA" PATTERN DINNER PLATES
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
DANSK "MESA" PATTERN DINNER PLATES
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$704 Bids
INTERNATIONAL POTTERY COLLECTION
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
INTERNATIONAL POTTERY COLLECTION
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$703 Bids
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SHORTER AND SON FISH SET, INC. 10 PLATES, 2 BOWLS, JUG AND SAUCER
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
SHORTER AND SON FISH SET, INC. 10 PLATES, 2 BOWLS, JUG AND SAUCER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
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Hermes 'Bleus d'Ailleurs', cups 12 cm, butter plates 17 cm, plates 18 cm, jug 10 cm
Apr 18, 2:00 PM AEST
Hermes 'Bleus d'Ailleurs', cups 12 cm, butter plates 17 cm, plates 18 cm, jug 10 cm
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD1,0503 Bids
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LOT OF 10 SHORTER AND SONS FISH PLATES
Apr 18, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF 10 SHORTER AND SONS FISH PLATES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
Six Dedham Pottery Plates, Dedham, Mass.,1896-1928
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Six Dedham Pottery Plates, Dedham, Mass.,1896-1928
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $150- $250
$1002 Bids
SASCHA BRASTOFF BREWERS ASSOCIATION PLATE F42
Apr 14, 2:00 PM PDT
SASCHA BRASTOFF BREWERS ASSOCIATION PLATE F42
by District Auction
Est: $40- $60
$602 Bids
6 Anna Weatherly Hand Painted Botanical Plates
Apr 17, 5:00 PM EDT
6 Anna Weatherly Hand Painted Botanical Plates
by Abington Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4252 Bids
Pair of Rozenburg The Hague Glazed Pottery Plates
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Rozenburg The Hague Glazed Pottery Plates
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $150- $250
$802 Bids
ITALIAN TROMPE L'OEIL HAND-PAINTED CERAMIC FIGURAL FOOD PLATES, LOT OF FOUR
Apr 26, 9:00 AM EDT
ITALIAN TROMPE L'OEIL HAND-PAINTED CERAMIC FIGURAL FOOD PLATES, LOT OF FOUR
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
ITALIAN TROMPE L'OEIL HAND-PAINTED CERAMIC FIGURAL FOOD PLATES, LOT OF FOUR
Apr 26, 9:00 AM EDT
ITALIAN TROMPE L'OEIL HAND-PAINTED CERAMIC FIGURAL FOOD PLATES, LOT OF FOUR
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
ITALIAN TROMPE L'OEIL HAND-PAINTED CERAMIC FIGURAL FOOD PLATES, LOT OF FOUR
Apr 26, 9:00 AM EDT
ITALIAN TROMPE L'OEIL HAND-PAINTED CERAMIC FIGURAL FOOD PLATES, LOT OF FOUR
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $80- $120
$502 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Ceramic Plates


Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Bonhams

Bonhams

Auktionshaus Schwab

Auktionshaus Schwab

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris