The 10 Best Plates


Kate Hilpern
Friday 24 February 2012 01:00

1. Villeroy & Boch


Here's a real statement plate – not just because of its square shape and beautifully detailed artwork, but because tropical prints are all the rage in tableware.

2. Rob Ryan

£28 for set of four,

This is one of a set of four 9in china plates, with eye-catching blue decoration showing the same tree across four seasons.

3. Emma Bridgewater


Available in red or blue, the plates are hand-decorated, so each one is slightly different.

4. Linea


White dinner plates can be stunning, but why not add a subtle nautical theme with this porcelain Pacific plate, decorated with a blue band?

5. Broste


Featuring a rustic, mottled finish with a lustrous gloss, the Nordic plate has an almost shell-like aesthetic. Perfect for anyone wanting simple elegance.

6. Kindle House


Add a bit of frivolity to your dinner table with this 10in porcelain plate, covered in a cheery and colourful design of varied buttons.

7. Mateus


There aren't many plates with textured designs, but this handmade one from Portugal has raised butterflies that work well.

8. Nimerology


Nour Al Nimer's designs are delightful recreations from motifs and old historic photographs, engravings and paintings.

9. The Art of Entertaining


Present your dinner as a work of art with this ceramic plate, featuring a frame in delft blue. Kids can create fun pictures while adults can be a bit more abstract.

10. Beatrice


A vintage china dinner plate featuring an English rose motif, which has then been illustrated with a 1930s-style lady. Each piece is hand-painted and unique.

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