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 Haviland & Co. white-ware blank was purchased and decorated outside the Haviland company. The gorgeous motif was well executed in an established home-studio environment, circa early 1900's. The plate is decorated with a wreath of nasturtium blossoms in variegated shades of rust-red, orange-red and golden yellow nestled among shaded green and gray-tan leaves clinging to green and brown stems. The muted background shades from rust-red to pastel orange-red to pastel yellow with a beaded edge decorated with gold. The plate measures 9" across, is artist signed 'E. Keck', and stamped "Haviland - France" in green, circa 1894-1931. There are no cracks, chips or repairs.