An American, David Haviland, was an importer of French and English porcelains during the early to mid-1800s'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. These plates are from the Charles Haviland Company.
These unique and beautiful cabinet plates, circa 1870-1880, were probably decorated outside the Haviland factory on white blanks. The wide borders are adorned with geometric shape cartouches with medium brown background and decorated with oriental insignia in dark brown. The cartouches are set against a gold web tracery and a narrow gold edging on the plates. The interior of each plate depicts a Samurai warrior hand painted in precise detail in colors of tan, black, rust, blue and yellow, all outlined in black. Both have Oriental lettering in gold which may be a description, artist signature or date.
The plates measure 7 3/4" across and are stamped with the Haviland & Company, under-glaze green Mark F, circa 1876-1889. There are no cracks, chips or repairs to this fantastic set.