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. This item is from the Charles Haviland Company.
The pattern is Ranson in plain white, which was the basis for numerous floral patterns. The company mark is "Haviland France" in green, circa 1894-1931.
This wonderful oval serving platter is decorated with leaves and vines. It measures 20" in length and 13 1/2" in width, the largest size Ranson Platter produced. There are grease wells at each end of the item. There are no cracks, chips, repairs or discoloration. I have additional items in this pattern in my store
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