Dinnerware is sometimes called "china" as a reference to the country of China, where the first porcelain was produced. Porcelain has historically been the material used in the production of fine dinnerware.Continue Reading
Porcelain wares were made in China as early as 196 to 220 B.C., during the Eastern Han Dynasty. Islamic areas began importing porcelain goods around 618 B.C.
By the time of the Ming Dynasty in 1368, China was exporting art made of porcelain to all the way to Europe. Porcelain objects produced in China became so admired in Europe that "china" became a common word for porcelain. Even though common dinnerware is not always porcelain today, the term continues to be used when referencing dinnerware.Learn more about Tableware
Syracuse China, a subsidiary of Libbey Incorporated, manufactures china dinnerware primarily intended for the food service industry. While it is suitable for home use, the main focus of the company is towards the commercial sector. It is mainly sold through restaurant supply companies such as Edward Don and Bargreen Ellingson.Full Answer >
As of 2015, Noritake offers some of its most recently discontinued patterns on its website and recommends four vendors for vintage discontinued Noritake china patterns: China & Gift Mart, J.P. Faddoul Company, Inc., Hoffman Jewelers/Patterns of the Past and Replacements, LTD. Noritake notes that it does not handle valuation of pricing for vintage patterns, but that each individual vendor sets its own pricing. The four recommended vendors locate, buy and sell vintage and retired Noritake and other brands of china.Full Answer >
Diane is a pattern of porcelain dishes made by Wade Fine China of Japan. The pattern was produced in the 1970s and has been retired, as of 2014. The Diane pattern includes a light-blue floral design with beige-and-silver accents.Full Answer >
The best known china that originates in Poland is pottery from the Boleslawiec region of the country. Boleslawiec pottery is characterized by its brightly colored designs and decorations. This pottery is typically blue in color. It is decorated using a unique design technique called punching, in which the design is actually punched into the pottery using stamps; the combinations of these stamped designs is nearly limitless.Full Answer >