The definition of a plate is that it is ‘a broad, concave, but mainly flat vessel on which food can be served’. A plate ‘can also be used for ceremonial or decorative purposes’.
It is the latter definition that would best describe Moorcroft plates. Yes they can be used to serve food and Moorcroft does produce items that are especially designed as tableware, but many of their plates are so decorative that they are often used as display pieces.
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