Charles Field Haviland left America for Limoges in the early 1850s to work originally for his uncle, David Haviland founder of Haviland and Company and rented a porcelain factory in partnership with his father and brother. Subsequently he opened his own decorating studio for porcelain to export items to the US and in 1868 purchased a porcelain manufacturing company.
He married the granddaughter of Francois Alluaud and later took control of the Alluaud porcelain factory, one of the oldest Limoges factories. Charles Field retired in 1881 and the company became known as Gerard, Dufraisseix and Morel using the white ware mark GDM. The partners changed around 1890 and the company was subsequently called - Gerard and Dufraisseix and eventually Gerard, Dufraisseix and Abbot (mark GDA).
This lovely set of 3 dinner plates is in the Moss Rose pattern. The ever popular pattern was a huge success for numerous companies for many years, including the present. Though the pattern is consistent, there are many slight variations to be found even among the Haviland pieces. The lithographed transfer consists of single and double lush pink moss rose blossoms on brown stems nestled among variegated green and blue leaves with trailing brown moss.
The dinner plates measure 9 3/8" across and have gold trim. Marked with Mark C-2 "CFH", circa 1876-1882. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Wonderful early pieces.
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