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 gorgeous set of 4 dessert plates was decorated by a very talented artist in a home-studio environment. The shape of these dessert plates is known as folded napkin, as all four corners are neatly folded inward. The wide border is decorated with gold daubs, solid gold corners and gold edge. Each plate has a different hand painted floral or fruit motif in the center; pink wild roses, pink forget-me-not, white cranberries and purple grapes. They measure 6 7/8" across and carry the H & Co. over L" mark F, circa 1876-1889. Each plate is signed "Barnes" on the underside. There are no cracks, chip or repairs; near mint condition.
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