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 Haviland & Co. white-ware blanks were purchased and decorated outside the Haviland company. They are well executed and beautiful from an established home-studio environment, circa early 1900's.
The first plate is decorated with huge California Poppies with bursting buds in shades of rich orange, nestled among foliage of variegated greens and gray. The background consists of muted hues of blues and peach.
The second plate is adorned with stems covered with bachelor button flowers and buds in shades of medium blue and purple with deep purple throats. The long, narrow leaves are shaded greens with gray tinges. The background, like the first plate, is muted hues of blues and peach.
The plates measures 8 1/2" across with gently scalloped edge and delicate embossed design They are stamped "Haviland - France" in green, circa 1894-1931. They are both signed "Joyce" on the back. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Just wonderful.