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. These fabulous plates are from the Charles Haviland Company.
The shape of this plate is known as folded napkin, as all four corners are neatly folded inward. They measure 8" across and carry the "H & Co. over L", mark F, circa 1876-1889. The wide border is a medium blue color with white folded corners. The rim and center of the plate is outlines in gold. This gorgeous plate was decorated in a professional studio or by a very talented artist in a home-studio environment. It could have been decorated by Haviland & Co. but does not carry the company decorator stamp.
This is the first in a series of five plates, each hand painted with a different species of bird with the name printed in the lower right-hand corner. This is the 'Purple-Breasted Chatterer' with wings outspread and ready to fly. The birds' colors are blue, purple and crimson, with background foliage in shades of brown, green and lavender against hints of a pale blue sky. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. The last two photos shows the 'Horned Screamer' plate which has been broken and glued back together. This plate will be included 'free' if anyone chooses to purchase the series of 5 plates for the package price of $550.
1 of 5 Haviland & Co. Limoges Hand Painted Bird Plates, Circa 1880's