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Design your own centerpiece

Revive the flat plate - Use plates as centrepieces

Bring the old, blue-glazed Christmas and Mother's Day plates back to life! Use them as a centerpiece or étagère, and serve everything from sushi and tapas to homemade cookies and fruit - simple and elegant!

Centerpieces - Design your own Centerpiece made by vintage plates


The old blue-glazed vintage plates in porcelain from Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl were once immensely popular and valuable. Several collectors saw their Christmas plates, Mother's day plates, anniversary plates, etc. as a solid investment and retirement savings. Unfortunately, most plates are no longer as valuable as in the past.

Centerpieces made by vintage blue and white plates and coffee cup

Maybe your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents collected the decorative plates with detailed motifs of defining moments in Danish history. Maybe you are a collector, but do not really know what to do with them, because you might feel they belong in the past? But now it's time for the plates to reappear. This time not on the wall - but on the dinner table!

The plates from the walls are now becoming fashionable again, and several producers and designers have begun to transform the old plates into cake stands and centrepieces. The collection of Christmas plates, Mother's Day plates, anniversary plates, or other plates, are reconstructed quite simply into centrepieces or a so-called étagère - as it is so elegantly expressed in French.

Here you see a special designed centerpiece, made of  three Seagull plates.
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4 layer center piece plates and cup

Below you find a beautiful centerpiece with horses (no.8900) made of   B & G Mother's Day-plate 1972 (15 cm), B & G Christmas plate 1975 (18 cm) and the B & G Christmas anniversary plate from 1975 (23cm) - put together by a set of fittings in silver finish for a centerpiece.



Royal Copenhagen centerpiece with annual cup

This centerpiece is made from the theme: "Christmas plate tradition for almost 100 years". At the bottom the jubilee plate from 1908-1983  has been used, which celebrated Royal Copenhagen Christmas plates' 75 year anniversary. Here the motifs from 1983 and 1908 plates are shown together. The middle plate is the union plate from 1987, when the Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grondahl merged. Here the motifs from the first Bing & Grondahl Christmas plate from 1895 and the first Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate from 1908 are merged into one scene. At the top is Royal Copenhagen Christmas plate from 1983 and the centerpiece rack with a heart handle.

The transformation is performed by drilling a hole in the center of the plaques / plates. The supporting fixture in either gold or silver finish is then mounted to allocate 2-3 plates evenly and accurately over each other. The beautiful centrepieces can now be used to present all sorts of delicious dishes and exquisite aperitifs in an easy and elegant way - while releasing that extra space on the dinner or coffee table.


The next centerpiece is a 2-layered centerpiece which has a Hans Christian Andersen theme. At the bottom you will see Desiree Jubilee Plate 1970-1980 with the motif of the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, and a Desiree Christmas plate from 1980 with a motif from one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, namely The Sandman

As something special it has especially been popular to mix and match plates with different designs and patterns of your choice when setting the table for festive occasions. The same principle can now be applied to the centrepieces.

I.e. if you have set the table with white and blue plates from Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted, Blue Flower, White Plain, etc., a unique centerpiece can now be made cheaply and simply. Here in the shop, you can choose the 2-3 plates you want and then a suitable stand get the holes drilled and receive the entire set within a few days. You can also bring your own plates and have them drilled at the DPH Trading shop in Odense.

Would you like a centerpiece for your old dinnerware, here is an example of how it might look. Here we have used Blue Flower braided dining-table plates of 24 cm, a lunch plate 21 cm, a cake-dish 15 cm, and a cake stand rack of your choice.

DPH Trading in Odense got the idea to drill holes in plates, when it was discovered that the method of drilling holes in vases and jars when making them into lamps could also be used on plates / dishes. The machine was equipped with a thinner drill and could thus make a precise and straight hole through a plate without making the slightest chipping.


That gave us the idea of offering the many plate-owners who had no idea what to do with their plates the opportunity of creating a unique centerpiece or étagère matching their plate collection or dinnerware.

The large tableware producers Royal Copenhagen has recently launched centrepieces in the Fluted Mega tableware. Royal Copenhagen have as a refreshing reinterpretation launched the principle of mixing & matching different series.

Since then, several porcelain and china producers introduced different types of centrepieces. And, as the desire for flexible and modern table setting increases, the extravagant étagère fits perfect both for everyday use and special occasions.

The centerpiece allows a beautiful display of food which are also easy to carry. The centerpiece / étagère is no bigger than the lower, main plate and serving looks magnificent and appetizing at the same time.

As there are hundreds of different plates and dishes, and thus combinations, you can create your own unique centerpiece / étagère. For example, choose plates with the same motif in different sizes, or with different motif, but from the same vintage or series.

This example shows a centerpiece with the Danish national bird, the swan. At the bottom is the Bing & Grondahl's Mother's Day and anniversary plate from 1969-1984 (23cm), in the middle the B & G Christmas plate vintage 1974 (18cm), and at the top of the centerpiece is one of Bing & Grondahl's Mother's Day plates from 1976.

Alternatively, you can choose the slightly more daring approach and mix both colors, patterns and dinnerset of your choice.
Here is an example where we have chosen to use some beautiful old Bing & Grondahl Jubilee plates, as we think fit in size and motif - See all our B & G Anniversary plates.

Whether you order your 2-3 plates here in the webshop or if it is your own plates, the price of the safe and professional drilling is DKK 99 incl. VAT. Fittings for the centerpiece is DKK 89 incl. VAT. This means that the total cost (without plates) will be DKK 188 incl. VAT.

In the webshop you will find a huge selection of vintage plates and branded dinnerware from Royal Copenhagen, Bing & Grondahl, Rosendahl, Erik Bagger and others, so there is plenty of opportunities to find the perfect combination for your unique centerpiece.


You can freely select the plates or dishes you would wish to be a part of the centerpiece, add a rack and a drilling to the webshop basket. Then we perform the drilling for you and send it all within a few days.

If you already have the plates that you want to make a centerpiece out of, put only a drilling and a rack in the shopping cart. Send the plates / dishes to us - we perform the drilling and the entire set is sent back to you - easily, quickly and elegantly. Find the address for DPH Trading here

Below please find the beautiful B & G Seagull centerpiece, consisting of a 24 cm flat plate at the bottom, a lunch plate of 21 cm in the middle and at the top is a cake plate of 15 cm - As the Seagull-dinnerset has a gold edge, it was obvious to use the fitting in gold finish.

Here we have chosen only to make a centerpiece in 2 layers that use a B & G commemorative plate from King Frederik 9th's death in 1972 (25 cm), and a Royal Copenhagen Queen-plate, with the silhouette image of Queen Margrethe and Queen Ingrid.

Lone Risager Therkelsen with different kind of centerpieces, all made of old decorative porcelain plates

Only your imagination sets the limits for how your new centerpiece could look...


Make your own cake stand - How to assemble your centerpieces. - Fittings for cakestands


Delivery terms

There are 2 types of delivery terms:

  1. Delivery of items in stock
  2. Delivery of customised/special ordered items and items not in stock

Delivery of items in stock

All items currently in stock are items that we currently have stored at our warehouse.

Items in stock are normally shipped immediately (within 1-4 business days). When your payment has been confirmed by us, you will receive an order confirmation.

Should the time of delivery be delayed beyond normal (i.e. orders of large quantity) we will let you know.

Attention! By delivery time we mean the time from the order is confirmed to the order is shipped from DPH Trading. Not the time between the order is made to the time you receive the order.

Delivery of customised/special ordered items and items not in stock

Customised/special ordered items and items not in stock are all items we do not currently store at our warehouse.

We are therefore depending of the various suppliers, dealers and collectors and the time of delivery is only an estimate.

In some situations it can be impossible for DPH Trading to predict the exact time of delivery if the items are specially ordered or customised.

Sometimes the items have to be produced from scratch. If the particular item is of significant age we may have to rely on private collectors who are willing to sell.

All the customised/special ordered items are delivered as close to the agreed delivery date as possible.

DPH Trading could take precautions for the delivery of entire or parts of an order. Part deliveries can occur. We always strive to inform you as quickly and efficiently as possible, should any deliveries change or be divided into separate deliveries.

In extraordinary situations negotiations can be made where the buyer are not responsible for the extra delivery cost in case of part deliveries.

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If you prefer to collect your order at our boutique in Odense, Denmark you very welcome to do so. 

You can see our opening hours and contact information at the page top and bottom.

When you collect you order in person at our shop the freight cost is free. A visit to our store also gives you the opportunity to experience our amazing selection of items on display.


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