Charles Field Haviland, nephew of David Haviland, took charge of the Alluaud Porcelain Factory (one of the oldest in Limoges)in 1876. Upon his retirement in 1881, Gerard, Dufraisseis and Morel (GDM) took over the business and continued to use the combined mark from 1881 to 1900.
This beautiful pair of cabinet plates were executed in a small home-studio environment on white-ware blanks supplied by Gerald, Dufraissels and Morel. One of the plate portrays a lady slipper orchid, while the other has a California poppy motif. The combined shaded soft colors of russet and green of the lady slipper orchid is enhanced with delicate gold outlines, veins and highlights. The California poppy combines more pronounced shades of red/orange, pink and variegated greens along with tan shades of wispy grasses to create a great image. The gently scalloped and crimped rims are decorated with brushed gold as well as the embossed leaf design at the base of each plate. The coup style plates measure 7" across. Each is stamped with the green mark G10e "CFH/GDM" used from 1881-1890; the plates are not signed by the artist. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some minor wear from stacking. I have two additional pairs of cabinet plates from the same set in my store.