China Pattern Piece Types

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  • Dinner Plate
    Our Piece Code: DP

    Dinner plates are a component of the typical 5-piece place setting. Used for serving, entrées, dinner plates are generally 9" to 11” in diameter and can feature either a rim or coupe (no rim) shape.


  • Square Dinner Plate
    Our Piece Code: DPS

    Square Dinner plates are a component of the typical 5-piece place setting and used for serving entrées. Square dinner plates are a more modern version of the traditional round dinner plate, and offer a versatile way to add extra style to place settings.


  • Salad Plate
    Our Piece Code: SP
    Salad plates are also a component of the typical 5-piece place setting. They resemble dinner plates and range in size from 6" to 8.” These plates can be used for salads or desserts.

  • Square Salad Plate
    Our Piece Code: SSP

    Square Salad plates are also a component of the typical 5-piece place setting. They resemble dinner plates and can be used for salads or desserts. Square salad plates offer the added bonus of being easy to hold during parties, backyard barbecues, or any other “non-table” gathering.


  • Luncheon Plate
    Our Piece Code: LP
    Luncheon plates are typically 8" to 9” in diameter and are perfect for serving breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, snacks, and desserts.

  • Bread & Butter Plate
    Our Piece Code: BB
    Bread & butter plates are the final component of a 5-piece place setting. These plates resemble salad plates and are used for serving bread, butter pats, and servings of whipped butter. They may also be used for desserts. Bread and butter plates are generally 5" to 7” in diameter.

  • Dessert/Pie Plate
    Our Piece Code: DES

    Dessert/pie plates are often similar in size to salad plates and usually feature more decoration than a dinner plate. Their size makes them a great addition for breakfast, lunch, sandwiches, snacks, and of course, desserts.


  • Fruit/Dessert Bowl
    Our Piece Code: FR
    Fruit/dessert bowls are generally 4" to 6” in diameter and can be used to serve individual portions of fruit, nuts, and ice cream.

  • Coupe Cereal Bowl
    Our Piece Code: CERC
    Coupe cereal bowls are great for everyday use. They can be used to serve a variety of cereals, soups, salads, and desserts. These bowls do not feature a pronounced rim.

  • Rimmed Cereal Bowl
    Our Piece Code: CER
    Rimmed cereal bowls come in a variety of sizes and are great for serving cereal, soups, and dishes of ice cream. Rimmed cereal bowls feature a pronounced rim.

  • Coupe Soup Bowl
    Our Piece Code: SOC
    Coupe soup bowls are like rimmed soup bowls and come in a variety of sizes. These pieces are great for serving soups, salads, cereal, and pastas. Like coupe shaped plates and platters, coupe soup bowls do not feature a pronounced rim.

  • Rimmed Soup Bowl
    Our Piece Code: SOR
    Rimmed soup bowls are used for serving soups, salads, and pastas. These bowls range in size from 7" to 10.” Many manufacturers substitute the rimmed soup bowl for the bread and butter plate as part of the typical 5-piece place setting.

  • Lugged Soup Bowl
    Our Piece Code: SOL
    Lugged soup bowls are a unique addition to any table. These small soup bowls can be used to serve a variety of hot and cold dishes and feature small tab-like handles.

  • Cream Soup & Saucer
    Our Piece Code: CSS
    Cream soup & saucer sets are an entertainer’s delight. Used for serving a variety of soups, these bowls feature two handles and a saucer. They are generally larger than bouillon soup and saucer sets. Used in conjunction with the typical 5-piece place setting, these bowls add an air of sophisticated elegance to any table.

  • Bouillon Soup & Saucer
    Our Piece Code: BOU
    Bouillon soup & saucer sets are generally smaller than cream soup and saucer sets. These bowls are perfect for serving soups that are made from thin broths.

  • Individual Pasta Bowl
    Our Piece Code: PASI

    Individual pasta bowls are smaller pasta bowls used by each person at the table for pasta and noodle dishes. (The larger pasta bowl is typically used as serving piece.)


  • Ramekin
    Our Piece Code: R

    A ramekin is a small heat-resistant vessel used to prepare and serve individual portions of baked or heated dishes like crème brûlée, soufflé, French onion soup, mac & cheese, and plenty more. Ramekins are also the perfect size to hold condiments and garnishes.


  • Mug
    Our Piece Code: MUG

    Mugs are perfect for an early morning cup of coffee or a nighttime cup of tea. Also, mugs are an informal alternative to the traditional cup and saucer set.


  • Flat Cup & Saucer Set
    Our Piece Code: CSFL
    Flat cup & saucer sets are part of the typical 5-piece place setting. They also are used for serving tea or coffee. The height and the style of the cup may vary greatly between manufacturers. The flat cup design has a flat base, without a pedestal.

  • Footed Cup & Saucer Set
    Our Piece Code: CSFT
    Footed cup & saucer sets are part of the typical 5-piece place setting. They are used for serving tea or coffee. The height and the style of the cup may vary greatly between manufacturers. The footed cup design has a small pedestal protruding from the bottom of the cup, this pedestal usually fits into an indentation in the saucer.

  • Demitasse Cup & Saucer
    Our Piece Code: DEM
    Demitasse cup & saucers are typically used to serve very strong coffees such as espresso or Turkish coffee. Demitasse cups are much smaller than the standard place setting cup.

  • Butter Dish
    Our Piece Code: BD
    Butter dishes come in a variety of shapes and styles, including the quarter pound butter dish pictured here. Many china patterns feature both round and square butter dishes. These pieces are meant to be placed in the center of the table and used by all guests.

  • Salt & Pepper Shakers
    Our Piece Code: SAP
    Salt & pepper shakers also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many people collect these unique serving pieces. Generally, the salt shaker has fewer holes than a pepper shaker.

  • Gravy Boat
    Our Piece Code: GR
    Gravy boats are used for serving gravies and sauces. Gravy boats can have attached or detached underplates. Placed in the center of your table, these pieces add an elegant accent to your table.

  • Relish
    Our Piece Code: REL
    Relish dishes are used to serve savory condiments or appetizers, such as chutney, pickles, or olives.

  • Round Vegetable
    Our Piece Code: RV
    Round vegetable bowls, like their oval counterparts, can be used for a number of different purposes. At large dinners and at holidays, one can never have too many serving bowls.

  • Oval Vegetable
    Our Piece Code: OV
    Oval vegetable bowls are used for serving vegetables, fruits, casseroles, and breads. This multipurpose serving dish is essential for any dining service.

  • Covered Vegetable
    Our Piece Code: CV
    Covered vegetable bowls are elegant complements to any dinnerware service. Most covered vegetable bowls feature two handles and a decorative lid. These beautiful bowls can be used to serve a variety of hot and cold foods.

  • Chop Plate/Round Platter
    Our Piece Code: CH
    Chop plate/round platters are often used to serve meats. However, one can use this piece for serving a cornucopia of dishes, including cakes and pies.

  • Oval Platter
    Our Piece Code: PL
    Oval platters can be used to serve meats, breads, vegetables, fruits, and cheeses. Platters come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 12" to 20.

  • Tea Pot
    Tea pots are generally shorter than coffee pots and can be used to serve hot water or used to steep tea. Many of our customers collect tea and coffee pots.

  • Coffee Pot
    Our Piece Code: CP
    Coffee pots make a beautiful addition to any dinnerware service. Coffee pots are generally taller and more slender than tea pots.

  • Creamer
    Our Piece Code: CR
    Creamers are used for serving cream and flavored syrups for cups of coffee and tea. These pieces are a great addition to your tableware, dessert, or tea service.

  • Sugar Bowl
    Our Piece Code: SU
    Sugar bowls are used for serving sugar and sweeteners.

  • 1-Tier Serving Tray
    Our Piece Code: SERP
    1-Tier serving trays are used to serve appetizers and desserts. They are typically made from a dinner sized plate in a particular pattern.

  • 2-Tier Serving Tray
    Our Piece Code: ST2
    2-Tier serving trays are used to serve appetizers and desserts. They are typically made from the dinner plate and salad plate of a particular pattern.

  • 3-Tier Serving Tray
    Our Piece Code: ST3
    3-Tier serving trays like the 2-tier serving trays, are used to serve appetizers and desserts. They are typically made from the dinner plate, salad plate and bread & butter plate of a particular pattern.

  • Cheese Plate-Glass Dome
    Our Piece Code: CHPFDR
    Cheese plates with glass domes are used to display and serve cheeses, appetizers, and finger foods. They are typically made from the salad or dessert plate.