Charles Field Haviland started a small decorating studio in 1859. In 1870 a porcelain manufacturing company was established. Upon his retirement in 1881 the company was taken over by Gerard, Dufraisseis and Morel. The various Haviland companies sold undecorated white-ware to outside decorating companies and smaller studios.
This beautiful CFH/GDM Limoges hand painted dresser tray was executed in a home-studio environment by a skilled artist. The tray exhibits a cluster of shaded pastel pink wild rose blossoms with large soft yellow centers, nestled among variegated green foliage on long, thorn covered brown branches against the white porcelain blank. The sculptured border is decorated with delicate brushed gold.
The tray measures 12 1/2" in length, 8 1/2" in width and is stamped in green "CFH over GDM over France". This is mark C-4 which was used from 1891 - 1900, combined mark of Charles Field Haviland and Gerald, Dufraisseis & Morel. The artist's initials 'L.A.C.' appear on the front of the tray. On the underside is written "We are not rich, certainly; and we may be much poorer. But we will not part if we can help it. Dickens B.B. March 15th /92" and "Laura A Charsley". There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Great decorated early Haviland dresser tray.