List: Fine china brands

antique fine china brandsMy mom has a couple different fine china brands of dinnerware — none of which I’ve ever seen on a table. It got me thinking: What companies make fine china and what would I want to know about buying dinnerware? I tackle the questions in this article.

Read customer reviews of fine porcelain china on Amazon or see their best-sellers below.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Mikasa Delray 40-Piece Bone China Dinnerware Set, Service for 8
  • Mikasa's Delray dinnerware collection brings sophistication to any table using minimalist style, clean lines, and smooth, pure white surfaces
  • This 40-piece dinnerware set includes 8 each of: 11-inch dinner plate, 9-inch salad plate, 6-inch cereal bowl, 4-1/4 inch fruit bowl and 14-ounce mug
  • Made of crisp white bone china
  • Service for four is perfect for everyday use; can be dressed up or down for all occasions
  • This bone china dinnerware set it oven, dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe and also chip-resistant
SaleBestseller No. 2
Wedgwood 5C10210222 5 Piece Place Setting, Renaissance Gold
  • Renaissance Gold by Wedgwood
  • Includes 10.75" Dinner Plate, 8" Salad Plate, 6" Bread & Butter Plate, Teacup and Saucer.
  • Gold Banded Fine Bone China
  • Bold Florentine accents
  • Royalty Blue Color
Bestseller No. 3
AmazonBasics 18-Piece White Kitchen Dinnerware Set, Dishes, Bowls, Service for 6
  • 18-piece round dinnerware set; service for 6
  • AB-grade porcelain; BPA-free; lightweight yet durable
  • Elegant white finish to complement existing kitchen d├ęcor
  • Safe in your microwave, oven, and freezer as well as dishwasher-safe
  • Includes 6 each: 10.5-inch dinner plate, 7.5-inch dessert plate, 5.5-inch bowl, porcelain,solid white
SaleBestseller No. 4
Lenox Garden Grove 5-Piece Place Setting, White - 834265
  • Includes dinner plate, salad plate, butter plate, cup and saucer
  • Crafted of Lenox fine bone China accented with 24 karat gold
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Made in America
  • Diameter of dinner plate: 10 3/4"; salad plate: 8"; butter plate: 6"; saucer: 5 3/4"; capacity of cup: 6 ounce
Bestseller No. 5
Mikasa Delray Bone China Pasta Bowl, 9-Inch, Set Of 4, White - 5191829
  • Mikasa's Delray dinnerware collection brings sophistication to any table using minimalist style, clean lines, and smooth, pure white surfaces
  • Made of crisp white bone china
  • Perfect for everyday use, can be dressed up or down for all occasions
  • Each pasta bowl measure 9-inch diameter
  • This bone china dinnerware set it oven, dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe and also chip-resistant
SaleBestseller No. 6
Mikasa Ciara 16-Piece Bone China Dinnerware Set, Service for 4 - 5151631
  • Features embossed whimsical swirling lines on a crisp white bone china body creating a striking statement
  • This 16-piece dinnerware set includes 4 each of: 11-inch dinner plate, 9-inch salad plate, 5-3/4 inch cereal bowl, and 13-ounce mug
  • Made of crisp white bone china
  • Service for four is perfect for everyday use; can be dressed up or down for all occasions
  • This bone china dinnerware set it oven, dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe and also chip-resistant
SaleBestseller No. 7
Lorren Home Trends Midnight-57 57 Piece Dinnerware Set-Bone China Service for 8 People-Midnight, Blue
  • Elegant and Sturdy Bone China
  • Service for 8 People
  • Serving Pieces Included, everything you need to set a beautiful table!
  • Hand Wash Recommended
SaleBestseller No. 8
Lenox Butterfly Meadow 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 6, White - 6342794
  • Made of chip-resistant Lenox white porcelain
  • Freezer-to-oven-to-table, microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Florals and butterflies in exquisite colors adorn each scalloped piece
  • Diameter of dinner plate: 10 3/4", salad plate: 9", capacity of mug: 12 oz.. Service for 6 includes 6 dinner plates, 6 accent salad plates and 6 mugs that all mix and match, giftboxed
  • Guaranteed by the Lenox Lifetime Breakage Replacement Program
SaleBestseller No. 9
Lenox Federal Platinum Bone China 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1, White - 100291602
  • Includes dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, bread & butter plate, teacup, and saucer
  • Crafted of Lenox bone china accented with precious platinum
  • Lenox white bone china accented with platinum bands. Not Microwave Safe
  • Safe to use in dishwasher
  • Dishwasher-safe
Bestseller No. 10
Gibson Elite 99846.16RM Embossed Bone China 16 PIece Double Bowl Dinnerware Set White
  • Embossed bone china - service for 4 includes dinner plates, dinner bowls, Soup bowls and dessert plates- elegant dinnerware
  • 4 - 10.75 in dinner plate 4 - 8.25 in dessert plate 4 - 6 in cereal bowl 4 - 8.75 in dinner bowl
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe

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First things first …

Fine china dinnerware is often referred to as porcelain. They are synonymous. But note: Porcelain is different than bone china.

Bone china is made just like porcelain china — except with one ingredient: bone ash. Bone ash gives the dinnerware a warmer white color compared to porcelain.

Fine china brands list

Note: This list is not comprehensive. It lists companies that currently make bone china dinnerware and porcelain dinnerware.

Some designer brands are offered under one company.

Example: kate spade new york, Sharon Sacks, Scalamandre, Marchesa, Gluckstein, Donna Karan dinnerware are under the Lenox brand.

If I could find the designer and overseeing brand, I listed both. I tried not to list “collections” offered by a manufacturer because they were not a brand.

Although this list is a work in progress, it does provide a good starting point.

  • 10 Strawberry Street
  • 222 Fifth
  • Adeline
  • Alessi
  • Arcoroc
  • Auratic
  • Bauscher
  • Bernardaud
  • BIA Cordon Bleu
  • Brilliant
  • CAC China
  • Carmona New York
  • Corelle
  • Crestware
  • CRU by Darbie Angell
  • Dansk
  • Denby
  • Donna Karan
  • Dudson China
  • Front Of The House
  • Gluckstein
  • Hakusan Porcelain
  • Herend
  • Homer Laughlin
  • Hotel Collection
  • Iittala
  • ITI (International Tableware Inc.)
  • Jasper Conran
  • KAHLA – PORCELAIN FOR THE SENSES
  • kate spade new york
  • Kim Rody Creations
  • Lenox
  • Lorenzo
  • Lorren Home Trends
  • Marchesa
  • Martha Stewart
  • Maxwell & Williams
  • Merdinger House of Design
  • Mikasa
  • Monique Lhuillier for Waterford
  • Nikko Ceramics
  • Noritake
  • Oneida
  • Oxford
  • Pfaltzgraff
  • Pillivuyt
  • Portmeirion
  • R.W. Smith & Co.
  • Red Vanilla
  • Reed & Barton
  • Rene Ozorio China
  • Revol
  • Rosenthal
  • Royal Albert
  • Royal Copenhagen
  • Royal Doulton
  • Royal Porcelain
  • Royal Worcester
  • Sant Andrea
  • Scalamandre
  • Schonwald
  • Sharon Sacks
  • Shinepukur
  • Spode
  • Steelite
  • Tognana
  • Tria
  • Tuxton
  • Venu
  • Vera Wang Wedgwood
  • Vertex
  • Villeroy & Boch
  • Waechtersbach
  • Waterford
  • Wedgwood
  • World Tableware

Read reviews of this Lenox bone china on Amazon.

Why use fine china?

Special occasions and formal dinners are an excellent use of china, especially if it has an elegant or intricate design.

The “different” dinnerware can make a special night for family members, or a special guest may appreciate the formal dinnerware and take away a good impression.

Variety is another reason. Good china does offer various styles and patterns — sometimes much more ornate than standard, casual dinnerware.

Heirloom pieces are a reason people consider this type of dinnerware.

Although heirloom pieces may have sentimental value, they may also have monetary value if it is antique or vintage and / or from a well-known fine china manufacturer.

Tips for buying dinnerware

Budget

The first thing to consider when buying dinnerware is your budget, but this holds true for buying any cookware — whether the best electric wok or best nonstick cookware.

You can find different sets in a wide range of prices with everything from an affordable price to extremely expensive.

Know how much you want to spend — whether on fine bone china or everyday-use stoneware.

Purpose

The next thing you will want to consider is what you will be using it for.

Are you going to use it on only special, formula occasions or will it be for everyday use? This may make a big difference in the type you are looking to buy.

You may also be looking for two different sets. One could be used for everyday and then another for more formal occasions.

Number of place settings

Think about how many people you will be serving. You should not only think about the people in your home, but others that you may be serving as well.

It is also a good idea to add in a couple of extra settings for unexpected guests or if you have a piece that breaks.

There are three different ways that it is often sold. The first, and most common, is a set, which includes cups, plates, and bowls.

The sets are most commonly sold for four or eight settings. In this case, you will need to determine how many sets you will need.

The second way it is sold is by open stock. This means that you can select the number of pieces you would like to buy. You can purchase eight dinner plates and only six bowls if you would like. This also allows you to mix and match colors if you would chose to.

The third way is by the place setting, including the plates, bowls, and cups. You can determine how many place settings you would like and then order that many.

Material

There are a variety of materials used to make dinnerware.

Depending on what you would like to use it for and how durable you would like it to be will play a part in the type you choose.

Earthenware – Porous material that is often glazed. Although it appears durable, it is quite fragile.

Stoneware – Non-porous material, heavy, and hard. It is a more durable piece.

Ironstone – Similar to stoneware, but looks more like porcelain.

Glass – Can be clear or colored. It is more fragile.

Melamine – This is made of plastic and will not shatter.

Porcelain – This is a non-porous piece that is durable and looks similar to glass.

Bone china – It is similar to porcelain and has a milky, white appearance.

Pattern, color, and shape

You will want to find something that fits your taste and style. You should not feel that you are limited to just round, white plates. There are a number of different colors, patterns, and even shapes that you can choose from.

If you would prefer to have square or rectangular plates, you will be able to find them. You could also look for plates that have a rustic pattern or bold colors. Whatever your tastes are is what you should look for.

Able to be replaced

In most homes, there is bound to be a piece that will end up broken. At that point you will likely want to replace it.

If you buy a set on clearance, you may not be able to easily get a replacement piece. Looking for a well established brand is beneficial in knowing you can get a broken piece replaced.

For instance, the featured image at the top of this article is an antique fine china brand bought in the late ’70s. It was discontinued a long time ago, and replacements are difficult to get.

Find the best fine china brands on the market in 2019 on Amazon.