Sometimes common names have been given to patterns by collectors and later writers. A: The basic book we recommend is Celebrating 150 Years of Haviland. Some very old unique pieces bring high prices while complete sets that are very common will bring much less. China painting began as a popular hobby over 100 years ago and still continues today.
A: Only a few hundred of the thousands of Haviland patterns produced were given names by the manufacturers. Price is determined by the rarity of the pattern and its popularity.
Our website also provides a chart under the Haviland Backmarks link in the side menu. For questions about backmarks that include retailer store names, Contact Us. Our organization is primarily interested in china and pottery made by David and Charles Haviland (also known as H&Co., Haviland & Co.), Charles Field Haviland (CFH), and Theodore Haviland - firms that all had their origin in France. A: The high temperature at which the china was fired after the glaze was put on makes it durable for occasional automatic dish washing.
Frequently servicemen in Germany after WW2 found it in PXs at a very low price, and thinking they were getting real French Haviland, sent sets home.
This very large 16” tall pair of American Art Deco Galvano Electroformed Copper HEROIC HARVESTERS bookends was made in the 1920’s. The elegant female figure on oval base, decorated with enamel and gilt. This French Art Deco elephant was designed by Jean de la Fontinelle (1900 – 1974) in the 1930’s. Under the base it is marked “Made in France” and “ – 29”.
A: Except for very old pieces, this is lower quality china made by a relative of the Havilands in Bavaria, Germany.
The company was sold after a short period of time, though the name was retained, and has been under various owners, currently the Rosenthal conglomerate. The very Heroic Harvesters are extremely well formed in plaster then submitted to a process of electroplating which was done by several companies including Armor Bronze, Pompeian Bronze, Marion Bronze, Kathodian Bronze Works and La France Bronze Arts. They are not signed or marked in any way but each one has two indentations on the underside of the base showing where the hanging wire was cut. Marked underneath the base with pink triangle seal and impressed numbers “3753” and “5” and printed number “33”. It was made at the Fainecerie Auguste Mouzin et Cie. The elephant is 7” high and stands on a 4 ½” x 2 ¾” base.