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 use the combined mark from 1881 to 1900.
This beautiful set of three cabinet plates each portrays a different orchid floral, Cattleya, Leopard and Spider varieties. Expertly painted by in the GDM decorating department with exacting detail in soft pastel colors or pink, yellow, rose and green with delicate gold outlines and highlights against an off-white satin background similar to Royal Worcester. The gently crimped rims and ribbed borders are decorated with brushed gold. The coup-style plates measure 8 1/8" across. Each are stamped with the green mark G10e "CFH/GDM" used from 1881-1890. Two plates have the artists initials "C.S.F" in gold; I am confident all were executed by the same person. A fair amount of CFH France does not have the company decorators stamp even though the pieces were factory decorated. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; as near to mint as you will find.
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