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Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates Hardcover – October 1, 2011


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Editorial Reviews

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“Required reading.” 


“Gloriously illustrated and insightful [with] numerous charming anecdotes.”
(House Beautiful)

"A fascinating look at dinner plates through the ages"
(Travel + Leisure)

“Long after the meal is eaten, the china remains. Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates by Shax Riegler is a revealing portfolio of porcelain spanning centuries and continents.”

(Time.com)

“One of the most stylish books of the year.” 
(RealSimple.com)

“A true feast for the eyes.” 
(Remodelista)

“Definitive guide to dishware.” 

About the Author

Shax Riegler is the executive editor of House Beautiful. He’s previously worked at House & Garden, Martha Stewart Living,Travel + Leisure, and Vogue. He is completing a PhD from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579654126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579654122
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

It has turned out to be my favorite gift this year.
Seafox
This is a perfect book for the young fashionista, the creative interior obsessed and the tradition loving grandmother.
TheReader
The pictures are gorgeous and the information provided very interesting.
Pam S.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Berger on October 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This gorgeous book has gone a long way to encourage my "dish mania"...As a mere casual collector, I was delighted to discover that I'm in excellent company in my love of these objects. Contents ranging from extraordinary works of art to humble workhorses --- I so appreciate the fascinating histories and Shax Riegler's deftly written text that accompanies page after page of sumptuous photography. Fellow dish lovers and everyone with an appreciation for tableware of any kind are sure to be as thrilled as I am with this generous, dinner plate-sized tome's ability to give us such richly detailed, up close and personal views of so many beautiful, humorous, rare and unusual pieces---without leaving out those everyday pieces that so many of us grew up with---all making for the most satisfying of careful reading or casual viewing. This book makes me very happy. I'm gifting DISH big-time this holiday season. Supremely well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vintagetable on September 29, 2011
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This book is a well researched lovely walk through the history of dinner plates. From basic form and function to the art of plate design and decoration. As someone who has collected plates and used them for everything from dining to making headboards to mosaic tile work, I am thrilled to see the many patterns I have loved over the years and many I have yet to find! Thanks to the author for his tribute to the art in our everyday lives!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P&F on October 5, 2011
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This book is a wonderful look at an everyday item. We live with dishes, but this takes the "Dish" to a new level. I have shared the book and know it makes a great gift to many. "Dish" is priced to be shared. Enjoy & share. The love of the dish is enhanced by this writer.
Thank You, sir.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam S. on December 21, 2011
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I'm a china maven, and this book is a must have for anyone who is. It covers high end china to everyday dishes. The pictures are gorgeous and the information provided very interesting. I will be browsing through this book for years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ruth Kozma on September 9, 2012
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There are no table scapes or ideas for how to use the dishes, but shows types of plates and at least what they are called so you can do an eBay search or google to find them online if they are up for sale anywhere.
I was disappointed in the cut off photos and the lack of features for certain types of plates. It was written in a matter-of-fact text book sort of way.
But, as a reference book or a coffee-table book it serves a purpose.
Love the cover, and the plates are the topic so they are allowed to speak for themselves.
If you love plates, you will want this reference book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathy C on January 15, 2012
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Dish is a beautiful book which surveys dishes across the centuries. He looks around the world for interesting dishes. And it is fun to see what dishes you own that he includes in the book. The feature at the back where he lists the 100 most popular patterns according to Replacements, Ltd. is pure fun.

The danger to a collector is seeing and wanting. There are many things which are new and beautiful and the collecting urge springs up as it does so often. So collectors, beware!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seafox on December 28, 2011
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The correct dish can make an otherwise normal meal an event. That said, I' am an avid collector of dishes and with nearly 40 sets that span the spectrum, I'm always looking for the next set. This book is a work of art and very informative. It has turned out to be my favorite gift this year. One flaw (in my opinion)... the end shows the 100 most popular patterns, but it relies on the data files of Replacements Unlimited. That is a false set of data in that the firm is almost exclusively utilized by Americans and as such is heavy on American patterns. It totally disregards many of the significant patterns produced by the great porcelain houses of Europe .... where is Coalport's Indian Tree.... the world's most enduring china pattern?

If you love dishes or are just curious...maybe a bride looking for her pattern???? Buy this book!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill S. on December 3, 2011
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Love this book--giving to my mother-in-law but I thought it was beautiful too. Many examples, with a modern, not stuffy graphic treatment.
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