Antique Tableware

Luxury tableware is essential for any fine dining experience, and Mayfair Gallery is proud to present an elite selection of antique pieces suitable for the dining room. Each of our pieces is specially selected for its superb decorative design as well as for its practical functionality.

Whilst today we might take drinkware, serveware, and cutlery for granted, these objects have a long and complex history. Our prehistoric ancestors utilised natural forms as utensils, with seashells and hollowed stones acting as spoons. As the centuries progressed, cutlery items and tableware became essential parts of the dining experience, with the earliest versions made from wood, clay, and ivory.

The 17th and 18th centuries saw a number of innovations in tableware design, with wealthy aristocrats commissioning more elaborate pieces to solidify their status. In particular, the French King Louis XIV had a lasting impact on tableware styles, commissioning large platters and other ornate items crafted from silver, gold, and other precious materials. The multiple revivals within 19th century decorative design – including Rococo, Neoclassical, and Louis XVI styles – meant that these elaborate tableware pieces became even more ornate. Mayfair Gallery is proud to present a large number of stunning 19th and 20th century pieces in a variety of superb styles.

An important innovation of 19th and 20th century tableware design was the centrepiece. Following the introduction of service à la russe during the 18th century, whereby servants would hand food to the guests one by one, space became available on the dining table for large decorative elements, including floral arrangements and elaborate centrepieces. Mayfair Gallery’s collection includes several exquisite decorative pieces for the table in a host of precious materials, including esteemed makers such as Asprey and Meissen. We also present a number of exceptional surtout-de-tables - long, flat centrepieces often with mirrored surfaces, which were laid on the table to hold and reflect the other table decorations.

A particular highlight of the Mayfair Gallery tableware collection is our large number of antique tea and coffee sets. An institution of the dining experience for many cultures, the ritual of tea drinking is imbued with much significance and tradition, and our exquisite sets come from all over the world.

Mayfair Gallery’s extensive range of different types of tableware ensures that every stage of your dining experience is taken care of in a truly opulent fashion.

Learn more about the history of antique tableware in our blog here.

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  1. Russian Interest 28
  2. Floral 27
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  5. 20th and 21st Century Design 16
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  41. Royal / Monarchy 2
  42. Abstract 1
  43. American Interest 1
  44. Baroque 1
  45. Battle / War 1
  46. Biblical 1
  47. Christian 1
  48. Egyptian Revival 1
  49. Georgian 1
  50. Japonisme 1
  51. Louis Philippe 1
  52. Louis XIV 1
  53. Louis XVI 1
  54. Meiji 1
  55. Music / Musical 1
  56. Palissy Style 1
  57. Restauration 1
  58. Romantic 1
  59. Satsuma 1
  60. Still life 1
  61. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
Material
  1. Silver 83
  2. Porcelain 36
  3. Glass 33
  4. Silver-gilt 25
  5. Cut Glass 21
  6. Gilt 16
  7. Enamel - Cloisonné 15
  8. Enamel 10
  9. Silver-plate 10
  10. Pewter 9
  11. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 8
  12. Crystal 7
  13. Ebonised Wood 6
  14. Silvered bronze 6
  15. Sterling Silver 6
  16. Copper 4
  17. Metal 4
  18. Semi-precious stones 4
  19. Wood 4
  20. Brass 3
  21. Gilt Metal 3
  22. Hardstone 3
  23. Majolica 3
  24. Mirror 3
  25. Bronze 2
  26. Ceramic 2
  27. Enamel - Guilloché 2
  28. Enamel - Plique-à-jour 2
  29. Lapis Lazuli 2
  30. Nephrite 2
  31. Silvered Metal 2
  32. Agate 1
  33. Bloodstone 1
  34. Bone 1
  35. Coral 1
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  39. Gilt Brass 1
  40. Gold 1
  41. Ivory 1
  42. Jasper 1
  43. Malachite 1
  44. Marble 1
  45. Opal 1
  46. Opaline Glass 1
  47. Patinated Bronze 1
  48. Pearl 1
  49. Soapstone 1
  50. Steel 1
  51. Turquoise 1
  52. Velvet 1
Colour
  1. Silver 102
  2. Multi-coloured 61
  3. Gold 55
  4. Clear 38
  5. Blue 27
  6. White 21
  7. Metallic 19
  8. Green 16
  9. Brown 15
  10. Red 15
  11. Cream 6
  12. Black 5
  13. Grey 2
  14. Orange 2
  15. Pink 2
Country Of Origin
  1. English 46
  2. French 36
  3. Russian 28
  4. German 16
  5. Continental 11
  6. Bohemian 10
  7. Chinese 9
  8. Persian 6
  9. Austrian 5
  10. Italian 5
  11. Asian 4
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  29. Swedish 1
  30. Swiss 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 55
  2. Early 20th Century 54
  3. 20th Century 39
  4. 19th Century 31
  5. 18th Century and Earlier 13
  6. Early 19th Century 7
  7. 21st Century 3
Artist / Maker
  1. Christofle 9
  2. Tétard Frères 6
  3. Elkington & Co. 5
  4. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory 4
  5. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory 3
  6. Sèvres 3
  7. Asprey 2
  8. de Quin, Rebecca 2
  9. Dresden Porcelain Manufactory 2
  10. Habis 2
  11. Royal Copenhagen 2
  12. Royal Worcester 2
  13. Salkind, Moses 2
  14. Samson et Cie 2
  15. Semenova, Maria 2
  16. 6th Artel 1
  17. 11th Artel 1
  18. 20th Artel 1
  19. Angell, Joseph II 1
  20. Argenteria Fiorentini & Spertini 1
  21. Baccarat 1
  22. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 1
  23. Boivin, Victor 1
  24. Brateau, Jules 1
  25. Bruckmann & Sohne 1
  26. Buxeda, Josep 1
  27. Carlo Mario Camusso 1
  28. Chaumont, G.H. 1
  29. Copeland 1
  30. Delaire, Emile 1
  31. de Lamerie, Paul 1
  32. Devaux, Paul 1
  33. Dobson & Sons 1
  34. Dursley 1
  35. Edward Barnard & Sons 1
  36. Edward Charles Brown 1
  37. Fabergé 1
  38. Falize Freres 1
  39. Francis Higgins II 1
  40. Garrard & Co. 1
  41. George Jones 1
  42. Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd 1
  43. Hack, Charles 1
  44. Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater 1
  45. Horace Woodward & Co. 1
  46. Hunt & Roskell 1
  47. J. Tostrup 1
  48. Kozlowsky, Franciscus 1
  49. Lang, Henrik August 1
  50. Langleben, Jacob 1
  51. Lapini, Franco 1
  52. Mafra, Manuel Cipriano Gomes 1
  53. Maison Cardeilhac 1
  54. Mariage Frère 1
  55. Martin, Hall & Co 1
  56. Minton 1
  57. Norman, Johann Christoph (German, Early 19th century) 1
  58. Oomersi Mawji & Sons 1
  59. Ovchinnikov, Pavel 1
  60. P.A.L.T, Porzellanfabrik Adolf Laufer 1
  61. Popov Manufactory 1
  62. Roberts & Belk 1
  63. Rosenzweig, Taitelbaum & Co 1
  64. Skerrett, James 1
  65. Tuck Chang & Co. 1
  66. Tu Mao Xing 1
  67. Turner & Simpson 1
  68. Vezzini and Chen 1
  69. Wahliss, Ernest 1
  70. West & Son 1
  71. Wo, Kwan 1
  72. Wolfsky & Co. 1
  73. Wright, Charles 1
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