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. Charles Haviland produced this item.
This gorgeous, hand painted, whimsical image of a young lady attired in her "Sunday Best", with pink bow adorned staff in hand, walking down a grass bordered, dirt path surrounded by six immaculate tan sheep. Her frilly, white, pink and blue gown, pink hat and formal slippers are not the typical attire for a Shepherdess, but in this case is nothing short of elegant. Her beautiful facial features and expression as well as blond curls adds to the overall glamour of her profession. The charger measures 12 1/4" and carries the Haviland back-stamp mark D - "H & Co." over two lines, circa 1876-1886. It is initialed by the artist on the base "R". There are no cracks, scratches or repairs; there is a flake on the outer rim (see photo) which does not detract from the overall beauty of this unusual portrait and Victorian decor.
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