Part of a set of six, the plate is 19th-century Majolica made in Sauggemines, France. The plates were designed especially for meals featuring asparagus and/or artichokes. While the plates were found at an antique shop in Paris for less than 200 euros, an identical set recently was offered for sale at the famous Marches aux Puces at Porte de Clignacourt. The price? A rather excessive 1000 euros! Either I got a real bargain, or an unscrupulous antiques dealer was trying to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers.