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 water lily blossoms and opening buds in white, soft, pastel and deeper shades of pink. The graceful leaves are hues of soft blue, olive green and tings of magenta. The flowers and leaves are outlined and veined with heavy gold enamel.
The second plate portrays a chrysanthemum plant with large open flowers of pastel to medium pink and one a gorgeous magenta shade. The leaves and unopened buds are shaded greens with magenta highlights. The flowers and leaves are 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 F, is "H & Co., underlined over L" in under-glaze green, circa 1876-1889. 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 H. Beautiful.