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, which produced this item.
This lovely oval serving platter is Schleiger #140-2, Blank 301. The motif consists of a combination of delicate pink rose blossoms, soft green leaves interspersed with tiny five-pedal blue flowers. The center has a medallion composed of this combination while the outer edge of the platter displays a repeated draped garland of roses with separating bunches of the blue flowers. The gently scalloped edge of the platter is embossed with a ribbon design outlined and decorated with sponged gold. The ends have a spray of embossed floral outlined in gold. The back-stamp is the Mark "n" used in 1895, a ribbon and star over "Porcelaine - Theo. Haviland - Limoges France". The platter measures 16 1/2" in length and 11 1/4" in width. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; minor gold wear. Lovely Pattern.
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