Largest and Smallest Plates

Largest Plates

We are often asked what is the size of the largest and smallest plate in our collection and what guides us when we are buying a plate of one size or another.

There is no such a thing in the world as a “universal standard” for a souvenir plate. The most common size is a plate with a diameter of about 20 cm. In some countries this may be a little larger, in some smaller, but generally speaking, we can say that the vast majority of plates in our collection fall into the range from 15 to 25 cm in diameter. It is extremely rare to find in a souvenir shop a plate smaller than 10 or larger than 30 cm.

However, some plates from our collection fall well beyond even those extreme sizes. We have some really BIG and some really SMALL plates that deserve to be mentioned separately.

The largest plate in our collection is a plate from Machu Picchu (Peru), its diameter is 37.8 cm (14.7 inches). This is practically not a plate, but a tray.

Machu Picchu, Urubamba River Valley

37.8 cm

Here are few other examples of large plates from our collection.

Smallest Plates

The smallest plate is from the city of Biarritz (France), with a diameter of only 5.3 cm (2 inches). It is just a little bigger than a walnut.

Here are few other examples of small plates from our collection.