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. Charles Haviland produced the blanks for these beautiful painted pieces.
This pair of hand painted cabinet plates, circa 1900-1920, were executed in a small home studio environment on a Haviland 'Ranson' china blank. The floral motif consists of large tea roses in blended shades of gorgeous pink, deep yellow and vivid burgundy on thorn covered stems nestled among delicate leaves in variegated shades of green, tan, brown and gray. The background is a pale creamy yellow with peach highlights. The edgings are different on each plate; one being medium green with pink and the other teal with emerald green; both are delicately highlighted with gold. The coup-style plates measure 7 1/4" across. The Haviland back-stamp is Mark "I" - "Haviland - France", circa 1894-1931. The plates is artist signed, "ME". There are no cracks, chips, wear or repairs. Gorgeous pair of cabinet plates.