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Empire Dinner Plates

EMPIRE STYLE

From 1804–15, Napoléon I reigned as the emperor of France, bringing the country into a new era of opulence after the fall of the monarchy and the tumultuous years of the French Revolution. He declared, “We must have very solid things, made to last 100 years.” Empire-style furniture followed suit, with imposing pieces constructed from mahogany and adorned with gilded ornaments. Expanding on the neoclassicism popularized in the previous century — such as in ​​Louis XVI style — Empire style borrowed from the great civilizations of antiquity, from Egypt to Greece and Rome, to connect this nascent empire to the power of the past.

Napoléon I believed the production of fine furniture would reflect the stature of the republic, with his official architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine leading the way with their work on his residences.

Luxurious materials, symmetrical shapes and bold colors characterize antique Empire-style bedroom furniture, armchairs, cabinets and other structures, with frequent motifs including mythological creatures, geometric designs, acanthus leaves, eagles, bees (the imperial emblem) and swans, a favorite of Empress Joséphine.

Flat surfaces, like marble tabletops, were accented with decadent details, such as the bronze furniture mounts made by sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire for the French palaces. Martin-Guillaume Biennais, who worked as the imperial goldsmith, crafted intricate luxury objects that mixed wood, fine metal, mother-of-pearl and ivory. Ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — was essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

The style became popular abroad, influencing the American Empire style. Stately pieces carved with sprigs of olives by cabinetmaker Pierre-Antoine Bellange were acquired by American President James Monroe for the White House in 1817.

Find a collection of antique Empire tables, lighting, seating and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Empire
Pair of Antique Old or Vieux Paris Gilt Porcelain & Floral Plates by P A Hannong
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine pair of antique French porcelain plates. In old Paris or vieux paris porcelain. By the Paris porcelain manufactory of Peter An...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of 11 Heinrich H&Co Selb Bavaria Gold Encrusted Porcelain Dinner Plates
Located in Germantown, MD
An exceptional set of 11 Heinrich Selb porcelain and gold encrusted dinner plates in white body in good antique condition.Listed price is ...
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Early 20th Century German Empire Dinner Plates

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Gold

Fitz and Floyd Reagan White House Dinner Plate by Robert C. Floyd, 1983
Located in Gardena, CA
Fitz and Floyd Reagan White House Dinner Plate, 1983 A cobalt blue ground and gilt Great Seal of the United States to top central rims. Gilt acce...
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20th Century Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

8 Royal Worcester England Porcelain & Gilt Empire Style Dinner Plates, 1940
Located in Gardena, CA
8 Royal Worcester England porcelain & gilt Empire Style dinner plates, 1940. A pale yellow and white ground with gilt laurel leaves to the rims. Roya...
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20th Century Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of Six White and Gold Empire Plates
Located in New York, NY
Set of six white and gold empire plates. Six near perfect antique condition Paris Porcelain neoclassical plates with gilt bands bordering stylized f...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Group of Gilt White Paris Porcelain
Located in New York, NY
Group of gilt white Paris porcelain. French Empire period large white footed serving bowl, three plates and footed cachepot/small serving bowl with gil...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of Eight Empire Floral and Gilt Decorated Plates
Located in New York, NY
Set of eight Empire floral and gilt decorated plates. Paris porcelain transitional Empire gilt plates with flowers. France, circa 1830 Dimensions: 9....
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of Ten White and Gilt French Empire Plates
Located in New York, NY
Set of ten white and gilt French Empire plates. Set of ten Empire white and gilt plates with under-glaze red markings for L. Ernie 61 Rue du Bac., France, early 1800. Diameter: 9.2...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of Ten White and Gilt French Empire Plates
Located in New York, NY
Set of ten white and gilt French Empire plates. Set of ten Empire white and gilt plates with under-glaze red markings for L. Ernie 61 Rue du Bac., France, early 1800. Diameter: 9.25...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Pair of "Darte Brothers" Porcelain Plates of Lioness and Cheetah
Located in New York, NY
Pair of antique Darte Brothers cobalt blue porcelain plates magnificently painted with lioness and cheetah in lush green landscapes, decorated wi...
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1810s French Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Set of Ten Empire Floral Decorated Gilt Banded Plates
Located in New York, NY
Antique set of ten Empire white and gilt plates with center floral bouquets; with underglaze red markings for L. Ernie 61 Rue du Bac., France, early 180...
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Early 19th Century European Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Vieux Paris Porcelain Set of 6 Plates, Mauve, Gilt and Sublime Fruits, ca 1865
Located in London, GB
This is a stunning set of 6 plates made in Paris in about 1865. The plate have a soft mauve/purple rim with fine giltwork, and sublimely painted fruits in the centre. There were man...
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1860s English Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

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Wonderful Service 12 Selb Bavaria Heinrich & Co Gold Encrusted Dinner Plates
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Early 19th Century Pearlware Dinner Plate Blue and White, Staffordshire
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Set of SIX Mason's Dinner Plates Ashworth's Ironstone Large, Circa 1865
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
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Set of 12 Minton Gold Rimmed Porcelain Ball Dinner Plates
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Meissen, Germany. A set of six antique deep porcelain dinner plates.
Located in Copenhagen, DK
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Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Set of 8 Gilted Astrolabe Plates
Located in Paris, FR
Piero Fornasetti 1913-1988 lived and worked in Milano and he was very fond of science. This series normally is composed of 12 designs about astrolabe or "Astrolabos" in Greece which ...
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Set of 12 Havilland- Limoges Dinner Plates, Six Fish and Crustacean Designs
Located in San Francisco, CA
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Ikat Porcelain Dessert Plates Set of Six Made in Italy
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Set of 12 English Raised Gilt Porcelain Dinner Service Plates
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A regal set of 12 elaborately gild service plates, by Royal Worcester. The set with delicate broad gilt borders with a white porcelain background. The mark on the back from 1950.
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Fitz and Floyd Renaissance Cerulean Blue Porcelain Service Plates
Located in Norwood, NJ
Set of 10 Fitz and Floyd Renaissance Cerulean blue porcelain service plates. A wide rich blue border trimmed with a wide gold verge line.
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Late 20th Century Japanese Empire Dinner Plates

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Set of 12 Lenox Porcelain Dinner Plates, Cobalt Blue Empire Wreath, circa 1960
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English Porcelain & Gilt Dinner Service For 12 People/ Serving Pieces
Located in Tarry Town, NY
Exquisite English Royal Worcester porcelain dinner service for twelve people with tableware serving pieces. The tableware is decorated with a wide cobalt blue edges and embossed gilt...
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Limoges Porcelain Dinner Service For Ten People
Located in Tarry Town, NY
Beautiful French Porcelain dinner service for ten people made by limoges for Bernardaud. The tableware is decorated with a wide yellow edges and g...
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Late 20th Century French Empire Dinner Plates

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Set of 6 Porcelain Dinner Plates made by Haviland model Impérator Or
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
Superb set of 6 porcelain dinner plates, made by the French brand Haviland Limoges. The plates are of exceptionally high quality, with beautiful gol...
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Early 2000s French Empire Dinner Plates

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Set of 18 Porcelain Dinner Plates made by Raynaud Limoges
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
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Gild Bordered Dinner Plates
By Crown Sutherland
Located in New Haven, CT
This beautiful set of 12 English crown Sutherland porcelain dinner plates was made ca 1890-1910. The Gold border and hand applied raised Gold makes them special. Makers Mark on th...
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Four Antique Meissen Plates in Pierced Porcelain with Hand Painted Floral Motifs
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Four antique Meissen plates in pierced porcelain with hand painted floral motifs and beaded border. Museum Quality. Dated 1773-1814. Measures: 23 cm. In very good condition. S...
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1790s German Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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10 French Empire Limoges School Fleur-de-Lis Gilt Porcelain Dinner Plates
Located in Big Flats, NY
Set of 10 French Empire Limoges School gilded porcelain plates feature rims with fleur-de-lis diamond pattern, en verso hand scripted "Made in France, 20th century. Measures: .75...
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Napoleonic Sevres Style Porcelain Dessert Service
Located in London, GB
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20 Dinner Plates by Spode, Copeland
Located in New Haven, CT
Elegant set of 20 Empire style 10.5” diameter dinner plates by Copeland Spode. A 24-carat gold laurel wreath wraps around the broad border with a co...
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Early 1900s English Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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20 Dinner Plates by Spode, Copeland
20 Dinner Plates by Spode, Copeland
H 0.5 in Dm 10.5 in L 0.5 in
Set of Five French Empire Plates
Located in New York, NY
Set of five antique cerulian blue and gilt hand painted plates by Lerosey. One plate with hand-painted marking "Lerosey fournisseur du Roi Rue de la Paix". France, circa 1820 Dimens...
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19th Century French Antique Empire Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Empire dinner plates for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Empire dinner plates for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Early 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage dinner plates created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include serveware, ceramics, silver and glass and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with ceramic, porcelain and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Empire dinner plates made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and England pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original dinner plates, popular names associated with this style include Darte Frères, Heinrich & Co., Royal Worcester, and Tiffany & Co.. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for dinner plates differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $600 and tops out at $7,750 while the average work can sell for $2,250.

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