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.
This is one of four hand painted cabinet plates. each on early, matching Haviland blank, executed in a small home-studio by an accomplished porcelain decorator. This plate is decorated with a cluster of white magnolia blossoms highlighted with shades of pastel pink and gray. The blossoms are nestled among variegated green leaves and gray/black branches against the background of a gold spider web. The gently scalloped edge is trimmed in gold. The plate measures 8 1/4" across and is stamped in green with the Haviland mark F, which is "H & Co." underlined and over "L"; circa 1876-1889. It carries the initials of the artist on the back-side. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Beautiful.