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 fantastic pair of cabinet plates, 1888-1889, were probably decorated in a professional studio outside the Haviland Company as they do not have a Haviland decorator stamp.
One plate portrays a branch of apple blossoms in shades of magenta, deep rose and white tinged with pastel pink and soft yellow throats. Unopened buds and leaves are shaded greens with magenta highlights. The flowers and leaves are outlined and veined with heavy gold enamel.
The second plate portrays a blooming poppy with flowers and opening buds of brilliant golden yellow, lavender centers and red veining. The foliage is a profusion of greens, blues and pinkish lavender, all outlined and veined with heavy gold enamel.
The background of both is a light biscuit satin finish similar to Royal Worcester. The coup-style plates measuring 7 1/4" across with a gently scalloped border. The border and highlights within the body of the plates is decorated with brushed gold.
The company mark H, is "H & Co., over L, over France" in under-glaze green, circa 1888-1896. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; as near mint as you will find. Also available in my store is another pair of plates like this with different floral motifs and the Haviland mark F. Beautiful.
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