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. This set is from the Charles Haviland Company.
This beautiful luncheon or dessert service, circa 1880's, consists of 30 pieces. The individual pieces feature borders and trim in medium blue with additional blue highlights on the coffee, sugar and creamer. The handles on the coffee pot, sugar and creamer are the 'rope and anchor' design, with the finials being the 'rope' design as seen on the early Haviland serving items. The serving plate has an embossed looped rope and leaf design on either side of the plate, which is decorated with blue. The 'wild flower' motif consist of wild rose blossoms and leaves nestled among other native foliage in a gorgeous pallet of rose, pink, yellow, burnt orange, medium green and olive green.
The service consists of the following items: coffee pot w/lid, 8 3/4" in height; covered sugar, 6 1/2" in height; creamer, 5" in height; serving plate, 9 1/2" across; 6 luncheon/dessert plates, 7 1/4" across; 6 fruit/sauce dishes, 4 3/4" across; 6 cups w/saucers, saucers, 5 5/8" across and cups 3" across and 2 3/4" in depth. This beautiful set is in excellent condition with a few minor issues; 2 of the luncheon/dessert plates each have a small rim nick, one cup has several tiny rim nicks and the lid for the sugar has a rim flake. These are all minor and do not affect beauty or ability to use. Each piece is stamped with Mark F, "H & Co., underlined over L", circa 1876-1889; and with Mark g, "Haviland & Co, Limoges", circa 1879-1889. A truly lovely early service.
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