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Jan 16, 2014 03:49 PM

Wedgwood or Apilco?

A couple or three years ago I asked fellow Hounds about stainless tableware. My question resulted in a lot of useful information, for which I remain grateful. When I chose my pattern I felt quite pleased with my choice, and I continue to use it daily with pleasure.

Now I need a set of white dinnerware. Over the last several years I have collected a few nice solid white serving pieces. I have Limoges, Bavarian, Meakin, and a newer British piece plus several platters of various sorts. In others words it is an eclectic group, but all in solid white.

I want a nicer set of white dinnerware, preferable porcelain or fine china, that I can use for nice occasions and also for casual gatherings. I don't do fancy dinner parties; dinner at my house is usually casual. I started looking for white dishes awhile back, and now, it appears I will have some actual money to spend! So, the search has become much more serious.

I narrowed it down to 2. Apilco Tuileries at W-S ,

and Wedgwood White

I like the Apilco very well, but I adore the Wedgwood. Advantages to the Apilco seem to be durability. Reviews praise this. I think it is handsome but I am not fond of the cup style. However it seems well suited to my needs.

I don't know what the advantage to the Wedgwood would be. I don't even know what sort of dish is it. It is referred to as "fine china" and "whiteware". Do any of you know what whiteware is?

So, if any of you use Wedgwood or Apilco, I'd like to know how it has performed for you. This is important to me, because my Pfaltzgraff dinnerware bought about 14 years ago (made in America) has performed poorly. It has not broken so much as discolored and chipped. The discoloration is the most distressing.

Both of these patterns are dishwashable, which is major as far as I'm concerned.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. perhaps try one setting of both and take them for a test drive!

    1. My dishes are Apilco Tres Grande from W-S and I love them. They have a nice heft and durability. I use them every day. I've had them for about 10 years. I do have one cereal bowl with a chip after a mishap taking the bowl out of the dishwasher and knocking the edge of the counter top. Haven't had any issues running the plates/bowls through the dishwasher either on the top or bottom rack.

      When I was getting ready to purchase the dishes, I was only comparing them to similar options from Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc. So I don't know how they would stack up to Wedgewood - I mean, I know they have a fabulous reputation but in my mind I always thought of the brand as something you would have if you want a more formal china set.

      I liked that the Apilco white was a clean white and not with a grey or cream undertone. I haven't experienced any discoloration but I have been a little fussy about making sure certain foods like beets or tomato sauce don't sit on the plates or bowls for very long.

      I didn't care for the cup either so I just bought the dinner plate, salad plate and cereal bowl.

      Good luck with your decision!

      1. Fine china is very strong.

        My understanding is Apilco is heavier, bistro-style ware. Wedgwood is finer, thinner china.

          1. re: rasputina

            I have been quite interested in the Pillivuyt pattern Eclectique. It seemed to be perfect for my needs. But I want a coffee with saucer. I poked around the W-S site and found the Queen Anne cup and saucer that would be fine, but honestly I don't like it very well. Then I found the Apilco, and it comes closest to what I had originally visualized.

            I've really searched the net for what I want. I would love to find what I want at Noritake. Silver Superstore has good deals on large sets of Noritake, but I can't find a basic plain white with a good cup and saucer. Almost all their patterns have gold or platinum bands.

            I intend to send for saucers for each set to see what the china looks like.

            I appreciate the comments so far.

          2. What stainless tableware did you get?

            Wedgewood white is bone china, which is thin but the most durable form of china you can get. If you like how it looks, get the Wedgewood because its going to be just as durable.

            And, how you have you looked at Revol which Sur La Table carries. It seems that's considered to be better than Apilco, or at least, more popular in France.

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            1. re: hobbess

              OK, will do. The Wedgwood description does not call the pattern bone china, but whiteware. I intend to send for a saucer, but I also intend to call the US WW headquarters for some more info.

              I did not check Sur La Table, so thanks for that.

              1. re: hobbess

                Oh, stainless pattern is Aquatique Ice by Yamazaki:


                But I will probably use silver with the new china which would be Repousse by whoever owns Kirk now: