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 sons split the company. Charles formed Haviland & Co., and Theodore formed Theodore Haviland which produced this item.
This lovely covered vegetable bowl from the Theodore Haviland Company is decorated with swags of delicate daisy or chrysanthemum flowers in variegated shades of lavender and purple with light green foliage. The graceful tied ribbon finial, ribbon handles and scalloped base is trimmed with gold as well as and narrow gold tracery band on the base and lid. The bowl measures 11 3/4" in length from handle-to-handle, 7 1/4" in width and 5 7/8" in height. Both the lid and base are marked in red "Porcelaine - Theodore Haviland - Limoges France", circa 1895. There are no cracks or repairs; a surface flake on the edge of the lid and a small nick on the ribbon finial. (see photos)