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 Haviland & Co. white-ware blank was purchased and decorated outside the Haviland company. It is so well executed and beautiful, I would say it was done by a professional studio, if not, in a very advanced home-studio environment. The portrait is of a beautiful lady of the era attired in a white off-the-shoulder evening gown trimmed in pastel pink with magenta shawl over her right shoulder. Her dark curls, penetrating dark eyes, rosy cheeks, lips and fair complexion presents a vision of beauty and sophistication. As a frame she is seated between flowing pink drapery. The wide outer border of the plate consists of a narrow white and wider pastel blue band separated and trimmed with gold. The white band is decorated with delicate pink roses with green foliage; The blue band is decorated with sprigs of darker blue foliage. The portrait is signed "Recamile".
The plate measures 9 3/8" across with gently scalloped edge. It is marked in green "H & Co. over L over France", which was the mark "H" Haviland mark, circa 1888-1896. It is also marked with a red leaf, which probably indicated the studio of the artist. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; very minor is any decoration wear. Just wonderful.
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