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Jul 8, 2008 03:50 PM

Wedgewood, Apilco, or PB dinnerware?

I know this topic has been discussed somewhat, but I could really use some help selecting my "fine" dinnerware. I want all white dinnerware that I can mix with seasonal/holiday accent plates (most likely porcelain plates from C&B/PB).

I'm getting married next month and currently I have Wedgewood White on my registry and so far I have received 2 place settings of it. I really love the Wedgewood white, but as pervious posters have mentioned it is very white. I recently purchased some accent plates from Crate & Barrel and unfortunately they look slightly off when next to the WW. I'm contemplating taking the WW off my registry and going with something else instead.

While I recognize that bone china is superior to porcelain, I think that porcelain may be the better choice. At Pottery Barn the other day I noticed their PB White dishes and I thought they looked quite nice. Does anyone have any experience with these dishes, do they hold up? Apilco was mentioned in a previous post, but they are more than the Wedgewood. Are they really worth it? They are touted as indestructible, are they thick and clunky as a result?

Any other fancy white dinnerware suggestions? I would prefer something not made in China and I already have Fiestaware for my everyday dinnerware. Thanks!

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  1. Hi! Amy from Chicago here.
    I have the PB White dinnerware from Pottery Barn and I have had it for about 10 years.
    The plates occasionally get a knife mark or two on them (from cutting on the surface) - a little soft scrub takes those right out. The low soup bowls have suffered a chip or two over the years, but all in all, I LOVE this dinnerware. Beautiful, graceful shapes, good proportions, not too heavy. (Not crazy about the look of the mugs though - that's just me) Mine was made in Japan (10 years ago) - not sure if they changed factories since then. Japanese porcelain, in my experience, has always been fabulous quality.
    Good luck in your decision-making and congrats on the wedding!

    1. We have some Apilco. I love it, but I wouldn't recommend it for fine dining. It is sturdy, makes a nice presentation, has great shape bowls, and they have an array of platters that I really like. However, in my opinion, it is more for everyday use than special occasions. We'll pull some platters in for serving special dinners, because my fine stuff is also white (Bodo Sperlein), but they are much clunkier. Maybe you should look at Bodo Sperlein porcelain. I love it so much that when I die, I want to be buried with it. The kids can have the Apilco.

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      1. re: Cachetes

        I'd have to disagree on the Aplico. We do some pretty fancy dinners from time to time, and I have never felt that my Aplico was just for everyday use at all. As far as the Bodo Sperlein goes, I would agree that it is unusual and beautiful, but aside from limited availability, I feel that the sculptural aspects of some of the dishes are more beautiful to look at than they might be to use. You may disagree, but trying to cut a piece of meat with a raised bubble under my knife would strike me as a little irritating. Now, if I stood a good chance of getting fine china from wedding guests, I would go for Royal Berlin, which, in my opinion, is the most beautiful white china ever made. It is utterly simple and all white with a classical medallion on each rim. Breathtakingly beautiful. If not, I'll stick with my Aplico to which I add in beautiful Italian faience and restaurant ware with interesting shapes. Fine dining doesn't have to mean bone china.

        1. re: roxlet

          Great points - From what you say, you really have some elegant taste! I think one of the great things you point out is that the Apilco really works well alone or in combination with a range of other types of dinnerware.

      2. I just found your email 2 years later. I hope you bought the Apilco Porcelain. I am still using some that belonged to my mother. The pieces must be 80-100 years old and are still in perfect condition. Maybe more, as I am already in my 70's. But who knows maybe the newer stuff isn't as indestructible and that would be sad.