Corelle Plate Styles - Coupe/Rimmed, Sculptured/Embossed  

Date ranges on this page pertain to each plate style in general; the dates of each individual pattern vary. 

Coupe:  This is the original Corelle plate style and the only one available for most of the 1970s.  Patterns from the Livingware line have used this shape, as well as Expressions, Traditions and Livingware 2.  This shape has also been manufactured 70% thicker with Luxe Hoops, launched in 2003.

Undecorated, the white version is named Winter Frost White.  Patterns with a beige background debuted in 1986, and undecorated pieces named Beige later became available in open stock.  The name changed to Sandstone in 2003 when it branched out with boxed sets.Coupe Plates: Spring Blue, Friendship

The rim rises smoothly from the base of the plate to the edge without stepping up to a flat rim.

Dimensions:
Dinner Plate - 10¼"
Luncheon Plate - 8½"
Side Plate - 6¾"
Saucer - 6¼"

(Photo: Spring Blue, Friendship dinner plates.)

 

 

Narrow Rimmed (Dimension IV):  The second plate style was produced from 1979 to 1985, and it is associated mainly with the Dimension IV series.  Additionally, Forget-Me-Not from Expressions also uses this type, as well as the four-season Currier & Ives Collection of decorative plates.  The flat-rim soup plate is derived from the narrow rimmed plate style, and has been manufactured in dozens of patterns.

Plain white undecorated plates using the Dimension IV shape also exist, but their origins are unclear.  They might have been sold in open stock.  This plate style always has a white background, and was not produced with a beige tint.Narrow Rimmed Plates: Slate, Citrus

Measuring from the back of the dinner plate, the flat rim is 7/8" wide.

Dimensions:
Dinner Plate - 10¼"
Luncheon Plate - 8½"
Side Plate - 6¾"
Saucer - 6¼" coupe

(Photo: Slate, Citrus dinner plates.)

 

 

CornerStone Shape:  In 1983 the CornerStone Collection marked a new direction for Corelle with a new plate style plus a new beige tinted body.  The oldest pieces of CornerStone are 20-25% thicker than usual, which was part of the line's original appeal.  Among the oldest patterns, platters also have this unique rim style.  Bayscape, Sandscape & Skyscape from Natural Images also use this shape, and it exists with various Currier & Ives decorations too.  The CornerStone shape was produced until 2009, when the three remaining patterns moved to the standard rimmed style instead.

Undecorated, it was known simply as Beige (CornerStone mould shape), which might have been supplied just for open stock purchase.  This plate style was produced with a beige background only.

CornerStone luncheon plates.The CornerStone shape is quite different from any other style, best described as a rolled rim, with a well-defined crease one inch from the edge.

Dimensions:
Dinner Plate - 10¼"
Luncheon Plate - 8½"
Side Plate - 7¼" 
Saucer - 6¼"

(Photo: China Blossom, Skyscape luncheon plates.)

 

 

Standard Rimmed (smooth):  This plate style has been in production since 1985, when the beige-bodied Natural Images line was launched.  White-bodied patterns followed in 1986 with Design Images and Occasions.  The latter has been merged into what is presently known as Impressions, which includes multiple rim types now.  Natural Images and Design Images were amalgamated in 1993 into a single Images line, which was discontinued a year or two later.

The white undecorated version is named Misty White.  There are also undecorated beige-bodied examples using this shape, but their origins are unclear.  They might have been sold in open stock.

Measuring from the back of the dinner plate, the flat rim is 1¼" wide, sharing the same proportions as the swirled Sculptured and 3-swirlStandard Rimmed Plates: Summer Blush, Summer Citrus Embossed plate types.

Dimensions:
Dinner Plate - 10¼"
Luncheon Plate - 9"
Side Plate - 7¼"
Saucer - 6¼" coupe

(Photo: Summer Blush, Summer Citrus dinner plates.)

 

 

Sculptured/Swirled Rim (Enhancements):  Aimed at the more upmarket department store trade, Sculptured Corelle was introduced in 1988 with an emphasis on more fashionable decorations and a swirled rim that is reminiscent of fine china.  The Sculptured line is currently part of Impressions, grouped together with many other rim shapes.  More recently this plate style has been manufactured 30% thicker in the Pro product line.

Undecorated, it is named Enhancements.  When the product line first appeared, plain white serving pieces named Sculptured White were meant to co-ordinate with each of the Sculptured patterns.  In Pro, the undecorated version is named Elegance.  This plate style is always white-bodied, never beige.

Measuring from the back of the dinner plate, the flat rim is 1¼" wide, same as the Sculptured (swirled) Rimmed Plates: Elegant Rose, Chutneystandard smooth rimmed shape.

Dimensions:
Dinner Plate - 10¼"
Luncheon Plate - 9"
Side Plate - 7¼"
Saucer - 6¼" coupe, sculptured

(Photo: Elegant Rose side plate, Chutney luncheon plate.)

 

 

Embossed/3-Swirl Rim (Windward White):  In 1992, three new patterns were introduced with a crisply embossed rim design of three repetitions of three long swirls.  These patterns and this distinctive shape were the genesis of the Impressions product line.  The following year a fourth Embossed pattern arrived, but a re-alignment of CornerStone, Sculptured and Occasions meant that the Impressions line became a catch-all category for many diverse rimmed patterns.  The embossed 3-swirl rim only remained for a few years.

Undecorated, it is named Windward White, but platters & serving bowls called Embossed White were meant to co-ordinate with all of the Embossed patterns.  This plate style exists with a white background only.  Luncheon plates wereEmbossed (3-swirl) Plates: Spring Breeze, Celestial Blue not produced.

Measuring from the back of the dinner plate, the flat rim is 1¼" wide, same as the standard smooth rimmed shape.

Dimensions:
Dinner Plate - 10¼"
Side Plate - 7¼"
Saucer - 6¼" coupe, embossed

(Photo: Spring Breeze, Celestial Blue side plates.)

 

 

Extra Wide Rim (Lifestyles, XL):  It seems that this plate style debuted in 1999 when 70% thicker Corelle was introduced.  Since then it has been produced with the regular Corelle thickness, as well as an in-between 30% thicker version called Pro.  70% thicker Corelle has been sold under an array of brand names like Ultra, Luxe and Infinia, but its very first brand name was "Corningware Dinnerware".  Despite the name, it is undoubtedly made of Vitrelle.

Extra-Wide Rimmed Plates: Blue Snowflakes, GraphiqueWith the regular thickness, this plate style defines the Lifestyles and Corelle XL lines, but it has been placed within Impressions and Vive too.  Its larger 10¾" dinner plate sets it apart from other plate styles, and it was the first to stray from the usual 10¼" size.

(Photo: Blue Snowflakes, Graphique dinner plates.)

In Ultra, the undecorated version was initially named Pure White, then re-named Blanc.  In the regular thickness it is called Dazzling White.  An off-white ivory colour also exists in Ultra, and its undecorated version is called Eggshell.  Regular and Pro thicknesses seem to be white-bodied only.

In the Lifestyles, Ultra and Vive lines, the wide-rimmed 6¼" saucer doubles as a side plate, depending on whether the set comes with short cups or tall mugs.  Certain patterns using a Extra-Wide Rimmed Saucers: French Lilac, Summer Citrusstandard rimmed plate style have borrowed this saucer as well.

Measuring from the back of the dinner plate, the flat rim is 1-7/8" wide.

Dimensions:
Dinner Plate - 10¾"
Luncheon Plate - 8½"
Saucer / Side Plate - 6¼"

(Photo: French Lilac, Summer Citrus wide-rimmed saucers.)

  

        

Contours Shape:  The Contours product line appeared from 2010 to 2011.  This line was defined by an unconventional asymmetric plate style which is rimmed on one side and coupe on the other.  It was designed to be held comfortably with one hand in non-traditional dining situations.

Undecorated, it is named Simplicity.  This plate style is always white-bodied.  Sizes are also atypical in this product line; the Simplicity dinner plate, luncheon plate.dinner plate is 10¾", and the luncheon plate is only 8¼", smaller than any other luncheon plate.  Side plates were not produced.

Dimensions:
Dinner Plate - 10¾"
Luncheon Plate - 8¼"

(Photo: Simplicity dinner plate, luncheon plate.)

 


 
Rim Widths:  Measurements were taken from the back of the plate because the curvature of the rim is most distinct on the back, and the point of inflection is easier to find.  Dinner plates were chosen as representative samples.  Luncheon plates and side plates from the same grouping do have narrower rims, roughly proportional to their sizes.


Also See: Plate Styles Page Two.


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