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 gorgeous hand painted image of a child angel could represent any parents young child who will forever be their special angel. It was created in a home studio by a very accomplished artist. The detail and facial expression is priceless from the light brown wavy hair, adorable blue eyes, cute nose and red lips to the bare shoulders and white angel wings. The background is a cloud of muted gray, blue and pink hues that flow into the white-wear osier or basket-weave blank. It measures 7 1/2" and carries the Haviland back-stamp mark D - "H & Co." over two lines, circa 1876-1886. It is initialed by the artist on the base "M L M". There are no cracks, chips or repairs, scratches or wear; near mint condition and precious.