A recent addition to our design bookshelf: Shax Riegler's Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates (Artisan), which takes a look at 800 different dinner plates in all genres, from the very traditional to the wildly floral.
There's even a chapter devoted to Thanksgiving plates (suddenly we're coveting a set of traditional turkey china). Riegler, a veteran interiors editor, looks at antique plates dating back to 1893, when enough time had gone by that English manufacturers of elaborate china were catering in earnest to the American market. To learn more, go to Shax Riegler.
Above: Dish: 813 Colorful, Wonderful Dinner Plates is $23.10 at Amazon.
Above: Johnson Brothers' "His Majesty" plate was introduced in 1950 and produced through 1984.
Above: This Thanksgiving plate was imported from England by New York retailer Rowland & Marsellus.
Above: A Royal Straffordshire plate with a drawing of a turkey by ceramics designer Clarice Cliff.