Antique and vintage artichoke plates
Antique and vintage artichoke plates are collectible ceramic plates, designed to hold an artichoke. To this end, they often incorporate a small indentation in the middle or side of the plate, intended to hold the artichoke in place. Artichoke plates can also feature raised decorations, often painted in a variety of green colours.
Some artichoke plates include a specific area for dispensing with artichoke leaves.
Many of the finest examples come from France.
Vintage or antique?
Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
Notable sales of antique and vintage artichoke plates
A majolica asparagus plate made $150 at Majolica Auctions in October 2006.
A majolica asparagus and artichoke serving set made in Luneville, France, achieved $950 at Phoebus Auction Gallery in May 2006.
Seven 20th century French majolica artichoke plates sold for $425 at Brunk Auctions in October 2004.