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 he 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 large oval serving platter is Schleiger #150-24, Blank 130. The motif consists of sprays and bunches of variegated blue-gray and tan-white blossoms with muted green foliage and pastel gray tracery. The gently scalloped embossed edge of the platter is decorated with brushed gold. The ends have embossed floral and leaves outlined in gold. The back-stamp is the Mark "p" used in 1903. "Theodore Haviland - Limoges France - Patent applied for". The platter measures 17" in length and 11 1/2" in width. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; minor gold wear. Very pretty.