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 beautiful hand painted cabinet plate, circa 1876-1881, is one of eleven being offered individually for sale. Each plate has a different floral motif against the white porcelain blank with a narrow gold edge. This particular plate presents Batchlor Button blossoms, buds, foliage and wild grasses in stunning variegated shades of pink, blue, purple, green and gray. The plate measures 7 3/4" across and is stamped "CFH" underlined in green. The artist initials "T A" over-imposed appears on the back. A fair amount of CFH France does not have the company decorator mark even though the piece was actually factory decorated. Factory or outside studio, this plate is gorgeous. There are no cracks, chips, repairs, minor gold wear; near mint. Purchase the entire set of 11 plates for $575 plus combined S/H/I cost.