The Meadow Visitors Pattern - Antique Haviland Limoges China
inJune 1, 2012 - 3:56am
The Meadow Visitors pattern is an exquisite early pattern of Haviland Limoges. Usually it is difficult to locate pieces of this special pattern unless one happens upon a life long collection of a Meadow Visitors enthusiast . This early and unique pattern of Haviland dates to 1876 - 1899 and has been identified by Arlene Schleiger as #1155. Each piece of Haviland Meadow Visitors features different grasses and flowers along with butterflies and sometimes birds and is highlighted with hand touched enamel accents. We are always excited to see the unique and various combinations of butterflies and birds placed so creatively on this china.
This antique Haviland pattern is most often found on a plain blank - perhaps with a bit of gold trim added. It is at its most magnificent on the napkin fold blank. This blank with its folded corners is most unique and combined with the Meadow Visitors it becomes a rare treat.
This early pattern can also be found on the Osier blank - a gently scalloped blank with basketweave type rim sections. It can also be found on ribbed type blanks as seen in the butter basket pictured below and simply elegant plain blanks with scalloped rims.
Haviland made all types of dinner ware in Meadow Visitors from the most common plates to the most special pieces like this butter basket and asparagus plate. Their special creativity is evident when they added sections of color as seen in the asparagus plate shown.
When one usually thinks of antique Haviland Limoges china it is most often of the typical patterns of pink roses and other florals. Haviland Meadow Visitors with its different grasses, flowers, birds and butterflies is quite unique and a wonderful representation of springtime!
Written by Marie Maguire
Holly Lane Antiques on Ruby Lane