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 clusters and individual, beautiful pastel to dark purple wild violet blossoms nestled among variegated light to medium green leaves on long. slender green stems. The muted background consists of shades of creamy yellow, shaded violet and green and the edge decorated with gold. The plate measures 9" across, is artist signed 'F. Kirhey-Stout"', and stamped "Haviland - France" in green, circa 1894-1931. There are no cracks, chips or repairs