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. Theodore Haviland produced this china blank.
This beautiful hand painted charger plate was executed in a small home studio environment on a Haviland China blank. The execution of subject and form as well as detail to color is the same quality of the well known studios and factory decorating department. The motif consists of bunches of pansy floral in break-taking hues of crimson, violet, purple and yellow, nestled among pastel green foliage. The out border background is a soft pastel green that flows into the white center. Not signed by the artist.
The coup-style plate measures 8 1/2" across and has a delicate embossed edge design. Stamped on the base in red "Theo. Haviland - Limoges - France", it is Mark "L", circa 1893. There are no cracks, chips, repairs or decoration wear. If you love pansies, you must have this plate for your collection.