I found this old Haviland dinner plate at an antiques mall for $3. The plate dates to the early 20th century. It was made in France and imported to the USA by Mellen & Hewes of Hartford CT. I listed the plate in my eBay store on auction. The sale ended tonight with some feverish last minute bidding that reached $42.
Such a beautiful piece, I’m not surprised that several people wanted to add it to their collection. The plate is very lightly used, in excellent shape for such old porcelain dinnerware. The transfer floral pattern has been embellished with hand applied porcelain paste to give depth. The rim is encrusted in gold.
There are a very few light utensil scratches and some wear to the gold along the tops of the beads. Otherwise the plate looks much as it did almost one hundred years ago when it left France. The back stamp indicates the piece was made by GDA (Gerard, Dufraisseix, Abbot,) the company that bought a portion of the Haviland porcelain works. The piece was made in Limoges, an area of France famous for porcelain production. The import company who brought the tableware into the US was active in the early 1900s. Mellen and Hewes was a successful and influential company in their day in Hartford.
I very much enjoy the sport of hunting for hidden treasures. Little bits of history such as this plate are often overlooked and sold for a pittance. When the piece is identified and brought to the correct market, its true value is recognized. The excitement for me is discovering how much my find is really worth.