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 this item.
This beautiful grouping of 6 hand painted items was decorated in a home-studio environment by an established artist. Each piece is decorated with a motif of wild violet blossoms in variegated shades of light to medium purple nestled among shaded pastel green foliage against the white china blank. The group consists of a small pitcher 3 3/4" in height; two demi-tasse cups and saucers, the cups measuring 2 1/4" in height and the saucers measuring 4 3/4" across and an individual salt dish measuring 2 5/8" in length. Stamped with the Haviland Mark "H" - "H & Co. over L over France", circa 1888-1896. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some gold wear. Darling group of small pieces.
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