Displaying and lighting them effectively then becomes an art in itself.

Walls, mantels, sideboards, high plate rails, Welsh dressers, and end tables are prime places for showing off beautiful plates, and a variety of plate holders and plate hangers are available to assist the process.

Peter von der Geest, another New York designer, owns a fascinating collection of blue and white Staffordshire and Wedgwood plates dating from 1840 to 1969.

The pieces I come across most often marked as seconds are those from the 1950s and 1960s from the Tenera and Baca series under the direction of Nils Thorsson.

Some designs in these series were inconsistent in how they fired in the kiln – and if too far from the desired look, they were marked as seconds and sold in the factory outlets.

The Lord & Taylor decorator responsible for two of the plate arrangements shown here comments, ''A collection of porcelain plates can quickly warm up a room with their luster, life, and light.

They can represent personal taste and help carry out an overall decorating theme.

Her advice is, ''Exercise a lot of control and discipline in displaying a collection. I circulate my collection, always keeping some put away in boxes and some pieces out on view.

Like those people who change their slipcovers with the seasons, I love displaying different pieces of porcelain in summer from those I enjoy in winter.He mirrored the backs of the shelves to reflect the plates and visually expand the room.He also lacquered the sides of the shelves a rich dark brown and painted the shelves and frames white.If I didn't do that, I might never see some of my loveliest pieces.Aluminia (Royal Copenahgen) Factory Second Marking " data-medium-file="https://c20ceramicsnet.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/254-e1488940809773.jpg?She displays her collection of blue and white porcelain on the open shelves of a tall dining-room cupboard, keeping the pieces handy for table use when she entertains.