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 gorgeous hand painted milk/water pitcher, circa 1910, was executed in a small home studio environment on a Haviland Schleiger blank #12. This particular blank was designed to accompany Ranson blanks. The entire piece is a panorama of luscious ripe blackberries suspended from thorn laden vines. The fruit is nestled among pink blossoms and heavy foliage in shaded hues of green, brown and gray. The background is ever changing shades of soft buttery yellow and light-to-medium-to-darker green. The gently ruffled edge is decorated with a narrow gold band. The pitcher measures 6 3/4" in height and 7" from spout-to-handle and is stamped in green with the mark "I" - "Haviland - France", circa 1894-1931. The artist signature is 'Anna Aschenbrenner' who's family has ties to Dixon, Illinois, as well as the Northern Illinois area. There are no cracks, chips, wear or repairs; near mint condition. Would make a great accent for your white Ranson pattern china as well as individual show piece.