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 lovely hand painted celery/relish tray, circa 1900-1920, was executed in a small home studio environment on a Haviland 'Ranson' china blank. The interior of the tray is ablaze with luscious ripe purple plums dangling from brown branches laden with shaded light to dark green leaves. The edge is decorated with a wide gold gilt band. The tray measures 12" in length, 5 1/2" in width and is stamped in green with the mark "I" - "Haviland - France", circa 1894-1931. There is no artist signature. There are no cracks, chips, wear or repairs. Would make a great accent for your white ranson pattern china as well as individual show piece
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