This post will cover a sampling of these plates, beginning with a German series by artist Hedi Keller.
The plates were produced by Konigszelt Bayern, in Bavaria, Germany and are 9.5" diameter.
The artist presented a whimsical version of the flight into Egypt. We usually see the family fleeing with Mary and Baby Jesus on a donkey; but Keller has them all in a boat, accompanied by an angel.
1980 Flight into Egypt [Angel, Joseph, Mary, Jesus, Donkey in boat]
The next plate in the series features the Magi. It shows the wise men on various beasts of burden – an elephant, a horse, and a camel. The camel, of course, is the one we see most often carrying the magi.
1982 Following the Star [The Wise Men on elephant, horse, & camel]
From France comes the next nativity plate. This is part of the Noel Vitrail series from
D'Arceau Limoges, made in France. The plates are of white porcelain. Each plate’s design is based on stained glass windows at Chartres Cathedral. The artist is Andre Restieau. There were eight plates in this series 1975-1986.
The plate for 1979 shows the Three Wise Men presenting their gifts to Mary and Baby Jesus. Titled "L’Adoration des Rois" and is fifth in the series.
Among the many Christmas plates made by Wedgwood in Jasperware, twoseries deal with the nativity. These 7 ¼ inch plates were all made England. The Christmas Carols series were in the early 1990's - 1991-1995. "The Nativity" series ran from 1995-1999.