Charles Field Haviland, Nephew of David Haviland, took charge of the Alluaud Porcelain Factory (one of the oldest in Limoges) in 1876. Upon his retirement in 1881, Gerard, Dufraisseis and Morel (GDM) took over the business and continued to used the combined marks from around 1881-1900.
This beautiful set of plates, circa 1881, would have been produced during the first year of the new business. The plates, which measure 8 3/8" across, have a wide cobalt blue outer rim which is decorated with gold branches and leaves further enhanced with deep blue enamel. Interspersed on the border are gold encrusted round geometric disks. The center of the plate has an under-sea motif of plant-life in taupe colored enamel with gold outlines and gold encrusted sea-shells in various shapes and sizes.
Each plate has two marks; one in green "CFH over GDM", circa 1881-1890 and the second (decorator mark) in blue "CH.Field Haviland Limoges", circa 1859-1881. This mark was used from 1882-1900 in either red or gray. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some minor age related gold wear. You will find no set more beautiful and well-kept.
Item ID: RL0002028
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