This oyster plate is a lovely example of unmarked Haviland & Co. porcelain which was marketed through Gilman Collamore & Co. of 19 Union Square, NYC in the last half of the 1800s and prior to 1890.
Davis Collamore & Co. was a high-end New York City importer of porcelain and glass, headed by Davis Collamore until around 1887. The firm, like rivals Tiffany & Co. and Black Starr & Frost, commissioned designs from all of the top French and English companies. Usually these commissions featured handpainted details over transfer-printed outlines. This plate exemplifies that tradition.
It is 8 1/2" in diameter and features the "Turkey" motif which refers to the arrangement of the oyster shell indentations looking something like a turkey! The decoration is floral in nature and we think the varieties painted are of a flowering seaweed or such variety.
This oyster plate is in excellent condition and is totally free of defects. Even the gold edging is totally intact on the frilly scalloped edge.
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