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 Haviland & Co. white-ware blanks were purchased and decorated outside the Haviland company. They are well executed and beautiful from an established home-studio environment, circa early 1900's.
The first plate is decorated along the wide rim with clusters of pansy blossoms and buds in combinations of soft shades of blue, white, yellow and violet, nestled among shaded green foliage with pale background hues of violet.
The second plate is adorned with clusters of wild violet blossoms and buds in light to darker shades of purple, nestled among shaded green foliage with pale background hues of green.
The plates measures 8 1/2" across with gently scalloped edge and delicate embossed design They are stamped "Haviland - France" in green, circa 1894-1931. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Just lovely.
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