An American, David Haviland, was an importer of French and English porcelains during the early to mid-1800's. In 1849 he moved his family to Limoges, France, to begin his own porcelain manufacturing and decorating factory and as a result, Haviland China, was born. Upon his death in 1879, his two sons split the company. Charles formed Haviland & Co., while Theodore formed Theodore Haviland. This beautiful serving bowl is from the Charles Haviland Co.
The motif is outstanding; a gold medallion in the center, a narrow emerald green band covered with a garland of tiny gold leaves, the sides decorated with a variety of delicate pink flowers with lacy soft green foliage and trailing scrolls, another band of larger gold leaves and finally a wide emerald green border trimmed with gold dots. The outside of the bowl is also ablaze with additional pink floral. The bowl measures 9" across and 1 1/2" in depth. The company mark is "Haviland France" in green, circa 1894-1931. The decorator mark is "Haviland & Co. - Limoges" in red, circa 1889-1831. There are no cracks, chips, scratches, wear or repairs; seldom, if ever, used.