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. Charles Haviland produced this item.
This beautiful hand painted charger plate was executed in a small home studio environment on a Haviland China blank. The floral motif consists of three large tea roses in shades of pastel peach to pink and muted olive green leaves tinged with brown. Nested along the outer edge are clusters of small purple violets, a crimson rose blossom and other pastel shaded floral. The slightly scalloped and embossed edge is encrusted with heavy gold with gold lattice-work and flowers extending inward on the plate. The chop plate measures 12 1/4" across. The Haviland back-stamp is Mark "H" - "H & CO. over L over France", circa 1888-1896. The plate is artist signed and dated, though rather faintly, "Stella....1895". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; very minor wear gold and a tiny 1/8" flake on underside of edge which does not impact the front (see photo). Fantastic Haviland chop plate.