My 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.
- Elegant high-end and affordable Bone China
- Dishwasher Safe for easy clean up
- Set includes a 6 piece place setting for 8 people
- Serving bowls, platters, teapot, creamer, sugar, salt and pepper included
- Elegant dinnerware with 24K Gold embossed Border
- Set Includes: Eight 10.5" Dinner Plates, 8.5" Soup Plates, 7.5" Salad Plates, 5.5” Compotes, Eight Cups, Eight Saucers, One 14” Oval Serving Plate, One 9” Salad Bowl, One Tea Pot, One Sugar, One Creamer, One Salt Dispenser, & One Pepper Dispenser
- Classic German Cobalt Blue and Gold Pattern
- 24K Gold Plated Ornament
- Beautiful 35-Piece Dinner Set Packaged In A Gift Box
- 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
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- 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
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- 20pc Set: Service for 6, Including 6 Pieces of Dinner Plate 10.5", 6 Pieces of Salad Plate 8.25", 6 Pieces of Soup Plate 8.5", 1 Piece of Serving Platter 12", 1 Piece of Salad Serving Bowl 9"
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- Hessler, Peter (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 528 Pages - 05/08/2007 (Publication Date) - Harper Perennial (Publisher)
- 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
- 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
- 6 Piece Place Setting
- Translucent Bone China
- Includes Serving Pieces
- Elegant and Sophisticated Design
- Dishwasher safe use mild soap
- Elegant and Sturdy Bone China
- Service for 8 People
- Serving Pieces Included, everything you need to set a beautiful table!
- Hand Wash Recommended
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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
- BIA Cordon Bleu
- CAC China
- Carmona New York
- CRU by Darbie Angell
- Donna Karan
- Dudson China
- Front Of The House
- Hakusan Porcelain
- Homer Laughlin
- Hotel Collection
- ITI (International Tableware Inc.)
- Jasper Conran
- KAHLA – PORCELAIN FOR THE SENSES
- kate spade new york
- Kim Rody Creations
- Lorren Home Trends
- Martha Stewart
- Maxwell & Williams
- Merdinger House of Design
- Monique Lhuillier for Waterford
- Nikko Ceramics
- R.W. Smith & Co.
- Red Vanilla
- Reed & Barton
- Rene Ozorio China
- Royal Albert
- Royal Copenhagen
- Royal Doulton
- Royal Porcelain
- Royal Worcester
- Sant Andrea
- Sharon Sacks
- Vera Wang Wedgwood
- Villeroy & Boch
- World Tableware
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
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.
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.
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.