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 lovely charger plate is decorated Ranson, blank #1. The pattern consists of various size bunches of delicate pink floral with pastel green foliage. Around the outer edge is a completely different design consisting of a ribbon of bellflower blossoms in a deep shade of pink. Gold highlights along the edge and embossed crossed leaves design within the blank.
The plate measures 13" across. The company mark in green is "H & Co. - L - France", circa 1888-1896. The decorator mark in red is "Haviland & Co. - Limoges", circa 1889-1931. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some minor gold wear. Beautiful plate.
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