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. These items are from the Charles Haviland Company.
This fantastic pair of cabinet plates, 1880-1890, were probably decorated in a professional studio outside the Haviland Company as they do not have a Haviland decorator stamp. One plate portrays bright blue-bonnet flowers, unopened buds and long, slender stems and leaves in shaded green and brown all outlined and veined in gold. The second plate shows large shaded purple clematis on long stems, tendrils and pointed leaves in shaded green all outlined and veined in gold. The background of both is an off-white satin finish similar to Royal Worcester. The coup-style plates measuring 8 1/2" across have a gently scalloped border with embossed shell-like design. The border and rims are decorated with gold and brushed gold highlights within the body of the plates. The company mark H, is "H & Co., over L, over France" in under-glaze green, circa 1888-1896. There are no cracks, one small repaired flake on the plate with the clematis blossoms; minor gold wear on the edges. Also available in my store is another pair of plates like this with different floral motifs. Beautiful.
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