There are lots of lovely antique and vintage plates on the market and they make for attractive display items. Antique plates can be used for their purpose of serving food but largely they are purchased as a decorative feature for the home, they look nice displayed on a shelf or in a dresser and the variety of styles and art work available means they can fit with a variety of décor.
There are antique English, antique Victorian, antique Edwardian and Georgian plates to name but a few to choose from. Often made with quality craftsmanship and decorated with intricate and ornate artworks, there are many beautiful plates. Reminders of dinners long since past and their previous owners.
A plate is a flat vessel for serving food, originally early man would have used shells, leaves, and elementary pieces of wood and hard bread as a means to serve and eat off. Man discovered clay early on and some of the earliest plates were made using this material. Initially trenchers were used, made from hard bread to hold meals they were often discarded at the end of the meal, trenchers were also made of wood and earthenware.
In the middle ages those who could afford it may have had pewter plates, with trenchers reserved for poor people. Plates became more functional and elaborate over the years and moved from being made from pottery, pewter and different metals to china and porcelain.
The Chinese made the first ceramic plates 600AD, they also created the porcelain plate and when international trade between Europe and China began in the 14th C, porcelain plates became incredibly desirable and sought after by European nobility. Often these porcelain plates were brought by the wealthy to display as they were something not everyone could afford to purchase. In the 18thC porcelain was made in Europe, firstly by Wedgwood and Spode and became increasingly popular.
Collecting plates became more and more popular in the 19th C and by the mid 20th C the purchase of antique plates increased in demand considerably. There are lots of designs of antique plates available, including those decorated with artwork depicting flowers, animals, battle scenes, picturesque landscapes, Japanese scenes and portraits. They may have intricate embellishments, gilded decoration and metallic rims. The particular glaze, style and design depend on who created it and the period in which it was made.
Extremely popular antique plates were those created by Spode, with their well-known blue and white transfers, these are valuable and highly sought after. Royal Worcester antique plates make for nice collectables; founded in 1751 they are of high quality and are attractive to collectors. Worcester artists include James Hadley, John Stinton, Richard Seabright and Harry Davis. Royal Worcester antique plates are a good investment piece.
Another investment piece is the Royal Doulton plate, which in 1901 was granted royal warrant by King Edward VII. Christmas plates are also a desirable collectors item and Royal Copenhagen who began to depict Christmas scenes on their plates in 1910, as well as Rosenthal the same year, are very desirable. Other nice antique china plates include those made by Limoges.
When purchasing an antique plate, of note as a good investment pieces are limited edition plates, commemorative plates, as well as silver and crystal antique plates, all of which will look eye-catching displayed in ones home.
273 items available.
This is a 19th Century antique set of 4 Rockingham Pottery plates attractively moulded and decorated with floral vignettes and butterflies in green interspersed with richly gilded arabesques, the reverse ...
This is a 19th Century antique Continental porcelain ribbon plate depicting Flower Girl, presented in nice condition mentioned for accuracy professional restoration to rim chip and there is a join ...
This is an early 19th century child's nursery plate, made by Thomas Fell & Co of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, of lead glazed earthenware (pearlware), decorated with a black and white transfer print ...
This is an antique Regency / George IV set of 6 Flight, Barr & Barr Worcester porcelain dessert plates. Each plate is decorated in brown overglaze enamel with a restrained ...
This is a 19th Century Japanese antique Imari porcelain plate. The Meiji period dish of deep circular form with curved circular border and decorated in coloured enamels.
This is a beautiful copper lustre Manises bowl with a Maltese cross as the central boss decoration. Repaired.
A highly decorative copper lustre piece of Hispano-moresque ware bearing the Maltese cross ...
This is a highly decorative 19th Century Hispano-Moresque antique dish with stylised motifs, symbols and vines.
We have for sale a rather rare and decorative Yorkshire Rockingham porcelain dessert plate hand painted by the ceramics decorator William Landeg.
This attractive Rockingham moulded plate is decorated with 6 ...
This attractive set of six apple green dessert plates feature a hand painted landscape by the Royal Crown Derby artist W E J Dean. The lake and mountain scenes portrayed ...
In original undamaged condition a good 18th Century antique large delft platter, original a wall hanging minor nibbles to edges.
In undamaged unrestored condition an unusual late 19th Centuty Japanese china platter depicting a scene of conflicting solders aiding a wounded man.
This is a 19th Century French, probably Paris antique porcelain dessert dish of circular form decorated with a group of anemones and a single butterfly, hand-painted in bright enamel colours. ...
Nice pair of rope edge plates by Bowen. Good condition as new.
This is a 12 ins diameter Austrian porcelain cabinet plate depicting two maidens and a child. The cabinet plate is in good condition with no damage or restorations.
A good quality mid 19th century blue and white printed meat plate with country scene. While this piece may appear to have some marks let me assure you it is ...
Antique Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Plate hand decorated and gilded in a Royal Crown Derby palette in rouge de fer, blue and gold, the reverse with impressed and printed factory ...
This is a large 18th Century Delft antique polychrome plate which is of unusual colours showing. Oriental garden scene. Some crackling to the glaze, rim chips as shown.
A lovely Late 19th Century Antique "HR" Quimper French Faience Indented Plate, softly decorated in a traditional palette, depicting a demure Petite Bretonne, standing, facing to the right amidst demi-fantaisie within ...
A very fine Late 19th Century Antique "HB" Quimper French Faience Plate from the De l'herbaudière atelier. Naively painted in sparkling colours with a figure of a Petit Breton, standing, ...
A very fine Late 19th Century Antique 'HB' Quimper French Faience Plate from the De l'herbaudière atelier. This one depicting a rather matronly Petite Bretonne, standing, facing to the left, ...
This attractive plate depicts various characters from nursery rhymes around the rim. It is fully hallmarked on the back for the American firm Gorham, and is also marked 'sterling' together ...
A lovely pair of Delft plates decorated in the Fazackerly palate of delicate
manganese, green, yellow and blue.
Almost certainly Liverpool 1750/60
This antique china part tea set was made by Minton and dates from the first part of the twentieth century. Present are four cups, three saucers, six plates and two ...
Antique Copeland Spode Zoological Series Childs Plate. Blue and White transfer print, scarce Childs or baby's toy bread and butter plate. The earthenware tray being part of a dollhouse service ...
Offered for sale is this 20th Century white - grey marble plate - bowl.
Diameter 39 cm (whitout handle).
Antique Set of 6 Minton Amherst Japan Pattern Dishes a part service of this superb design, colourfully decorated in an ironstone type palette each piece bearing the factory back stamp ...
Antique Copeland Spode Majolica Pottery Leaf Plate. Majolica vine leaf plate. The reverse with factory back stamp for Copeland factory. It is presented in good condition.
This is a 19th Century English antique porcelain plate modelled in relief and decorated with vignettes of flowers set within richly gilded features, all presented in good condition mentioned for ...
This is a Minton painted plate, after Landseer's Alexander and Diogenes, 1877, impressed marks, 25.5cm diameter.
Condition: Very good, no cracks, chips or restoration
Offered for sale is this late 19th Century antique Pottery Bread Plate.
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