Waiter, there's a hair in my soup!
I used to have a complete set until I flew into an Objet d′rage smashing Darth Vader and Jabba the Hut.
I couldn't eat from a plate showing the picture of a smelly dog.
I do apologise Madame. Cook is suffering from clamdruff and is less than attentive in the ablutionary department. Apart from that, did Madame enjoy her soup of the day? Makes a change from the boring old willow pattern. Was Darth Vader surrounded by lilies and Jabba The Hut with "hand painted" periwinkles?I don't think they were designed to be eaten from Mago. Well, I suppose you could. People here hang the decorative ones on their walls. Do they in your neck of the woods or is it a quaint old english thing? I have two antique ones in the boudoir and two in the living room of a hedgehog and a dormouse.
Yes, wall plate, as you saied in the title. No, it's not an English only specialty. I do not have such items ... well, yes, I DO own some kitsch. I know some households where the walls are nearly plastered with such earthenware, and tiny houses, angels, geese you name it. Nippes!
I'm thinking a charming English trend of displaying decorative plates in a cottage fashion has a trashy side to it. If you can't display fine china in a luxurious cabinet...then hang tacky plates on the wall with cheap plate rack spring hooks!
Or try to nail it to the wall, Pirate. I once helped to clean out an appartement of an old lady. She had some of them plates glued to the wall / tapestry. Really.