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
Gibson Elite Embossed Bone China Double Bowl Dinnerware Set, Service for 4 (16pcs), White
  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX: Service for 4 that includes 4 of each of the following: 10.75" Dinner Plates, 8.25" Dessert Plates, 8.75" Dinner Bowls, 6” Cereal Bowls
  • CARE INSTRUCTIONS: beautiful dishes that are also dishwasher and microwave safe
  • BONE CHINA: light yet durable, bone china is the strongest of all ceramics. With it high mechanical and physical strength, this material known for its high levels of whiteness and translucency.
  • DINNER BOWLS: Whether it’s pasta, salad, soup, or your entrée, you will fall in love with the convenience of the dinner bowls included in the set. By combining a dinner plate and bowl shape, we’ve come up with the perfect item to use for almost any meal
  • ELEGANT EMBOSSED DESIGN: this set’s high-quality bone china material is complimented by an embossed design along the edges of the dishes, adding an extra touch of class to your dining table
SaleBestseller No. 2
Mikasa 5225580 40 Piece Delray Bone China Dinnerware Set
  • DINNERWARE SET FOR 8: this 40-piece dinnerware set includes 8 of each:11-inch dinner plate, 9-inch salad plate, 6-inch cereal bowl, 4.25-inch fruit bowl, and 14-ounce mug
  • BEAUTIFUL DETAILS AND DESIGN: the Mikasa Delray Dinnerware Collection brings sophistication to any table using minimalist style, clean lines, and smooth, pure white surfaces
  • DURABLE AND HIGH QUALITY MAKE: the pieces to this dining set are made of crisp white bone china, which is oven, dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe and also chip-resistant
  • VERSATILE DINNERWARE DESIGN: the beautifully detailed design complements any decor and can be used for formal and casual occasions
  • DISHWASHER AND MICROWAVE SAFE: all pieces of this dinnerware set are both dishwasher safe and microwave safe
Bestseller No. 3
36th Wedding for Her or Him, 36 Years Marriage Gift for Couple or Parents, Bone China Anniversary Present for Wife Husband
  • 36th Anniversary Ornament: It is a romantic and lasting way to celebrate married years together.
  • Product details: Made of premium white ceramic with a flawless glossy glaze, diameter 2.87 inches, printed with: 36 years, 13,149 days, 315,576 hours, 18,934,560 minutes, 1,136,073,600 seconds and still counting
  • Modern printing technology: All words and images are permanently fused to the surface of this ceramic ornament (this is NOT a decal) and will not peel, crack or fade.
  • Double side printing: The image also appears on the back of the ornament so however it hangs it can be seen.
  • Christmas tree and car decoration: Beautiful addition to the Christmas tree in years to come and it's cute decoration to be hanged into the car rearview mirror
Bestseller No. 4
Stone Lain Gabrielle Bone China Dinnerware Set, 12-Piece Service for 4, White and Platinum
  • SIMPLE AND CLASSIC DESIGN - This bone china dinnerware collection is your classic white design with an beautiful platinum ring around each edge. It is elegant yet simple, making it perfect for every day use or formal dinners such as holiday gathering and special occasions. Simply pair with your favorite cutlery and silverware and you are ready to dine!
  • SERVICE FOR 4 - Our Gabrielle bone china dish set includes 4 extra large round 10.5" dinner plates, 4 smaller 8" appetizer or salad plates, and 4 large soup bowls, making it perfect for elegant dining with family and friends.
  • HIGH QUALITY BONE CHINA - Expertly crafted crisp white Bone China is stronger than porcelain or other china chinnerware, making it more resistant to chips and scraches. Our Gabrielle dishes are high-end formal dinnerware meets affordable.
  • DISHWASHER SAFE - Made of high quality, durable materials. Each dish can be safely used in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
  • PERFECT WEDDING REGISTRY GIFT - Each complete dinnerware set makes a perfect housewarming gift for brides and grooms who love entertaining and is an an essential for those who have purchased a new home or apartment.
Bestseller No. 5
Mikasa Quinn Lightweight Bone China 12 Piece Dinnerware Plate Bowl Set, Service for 4
  • COLOR SPLASH: crisp, white Quinn dinnerware is framed by a green garland adorned with blue, orange, and purple flowers and will brighten up any table setting
  • BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED: Bone China is translucent, lightweight with a translucent body and a crisp white color
  • CHIP RESISTANT: made from high quality bone ash for superior strength and durability for everyday use
  • 12-PIECE SET: includes 4 each of: 11-inch dinner plate, 9-inch salad plate, and 6-inch diameter by 2-1/2 inch high all-purpose bowl with an 18-fluid ounce capacity
  • EASY CLEANING AND REHEATING: dishwasher safe for fast, simple cleanup, and microwave safe for quick reheating
Bestseller No. 6
Lightahead Elegant Bone China Two Coffee Mugs set in Blue bird design 11.2 oz each cup in attractive gift box
  • 2 Mugs set in a reusable handmade in attractive gift box (with ribbon + bead), in spring bird design
  • Made from Bone China means light weight (11.2 Ounce each mug) and translucency with strength and smooth luxurious feel.
  • Food safe, microwave & dishwasher safe
  • One Bone China Set Contains: 2 Mugs in spring bird design
  • Packed in Beautiful gift box to make the perfect present.
SaleBestseller No. 7
Lenox Garden Grove 5-Piece Place Setting, White - 6 ounces
  • Material: White bone China
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 24K Gold accents
  • Chip resistant
Bestseller No. 8
ACMLIFE Bone China Tea Set - Blue and White Fine China Tea Set for 6, 21-Piece Vintage Bone China Coffee Tea Set English Porcelain Tea Sets for Adult with Teapot for Women Tea Party (Blue-21)
  • [Why Choose This] This bone china tea set is different from ordinary Porcelain tea sets. This high-content bone china tea cup set has high strength, high resistance to chipping, is durable and lightweight, has good light transmission, is not easy to fade, is white and delicate, has an exquisite appearance and smooth glaze, not easy to leave stains, etc. features.
  • [Unique Design] The bone china tea set uses high-content bone china as the material. The vintage tea set takes the phoenix and peony as the main creative elements, combined it with ink art, and depicts a peaceful and vibrant scene of a hundred birds facing the phoenix. The hand-painted gold edging of this tea cup and saucer set adds to its charm, making it the perfect addition to any home decor.
  • [Material Safety] All products of the tea cups set of 6 are bone china, the bone meal content is as high as 45%, green and safe, so you can use it with confidence.But the English tea set is not suitable to be heated in a microwave, if you want to use a dishwasher, you should choose a dishwasher with a "porcelain and crystal" washing function.
  • [Tea Sets for Women] This tea set for adults makes an excellent gift for women who appreciate fine dining and enjoy hosting. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just enjoying a relaxing afternoon with friends, this tea party set will definitely impress.
  • [Fine English Tea Set] 21-piece bone china tea set. This vintage tea set includes 6 porcelain tea cups and saucers, a teapot, a sugar bowl, a creamer pitcher, and teaspoons, perfect for serving your guests in style.
Bestseller No. 9
Peipocron,TeaCup,Bone China Mug, 2-Pack,15 oz, Blue and White Rose Mug,Bright Colors,Exquisite Package,Suitable for Family, Party, Wedding
  • Exquisite craftsmanship: This product has a capacity of 15 ounces and is 3.46*4.13 inches. It has exquisite craftsmanship and is fired at high temperature to make it hard, yet light and translucent, perfectly showing the delicacy and fineness of bone china. A sense of transparency.
  • White and blue rose pattern: The surface of the cup is decorated with a delicate white and blue rose pattern, suitable for couples and couples' daily sweet moments. The cup uses high-temperature decals, which will not fade after long-term use, adding a romantic atmosphere to your tea or coffee time.
  • Light touch: Due to the special characteristics of bone china, this cup is very light, smooth to the touch, and visually bright, making it more pleasant to hold in the hand and easy to carry. Note: Hand Wash Only.
  • Gift value: The bone china flower mug is not only a practical container, but also has a high artistic value, so it is often collected by collectors. With exquisite packaging, it can also be given as an elegant gift to family, lovers, and friends.
  • Excellent service: If you have any questions after receiving our cups, please contact us! We promise to do everything we can to resolve this issue. We care deeply about our customers and consider you our top priority!
Bestseller No. 10
Linlins Elegant Bone China Rose Pattern 2-tier Cake Stand/ Cupcake Stand/ Pastry Serving Cake Stand In Gift Box
  • Made Of Fine Bone China
  • (1st tier: 8'') (2nd tier: 10.5'')
  • Use as a cupcake stand, dessert stand or serve for fruit and other sweet treat. It can be used at all types of events and parties such as tea party, baby showers, graduations, weddings, christmas, thanksgiving or for home decor.
  • Perfect Gift - comes in a gift box
  • Bone China offers light weight and translucency with strength and smooth luxurious feeling

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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 2023 on Amazon.

Originally posted 2023-01-06 09:41:31.