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 is one of five hand painted cabinet plates. each on an early, matching Haviland blank, executed in a small home-studio by an accomplished porcelain decorator. This plate is decorated with lush ripe strawberries suspended from leaf covered vines along with several white blossoms. A wonderful pallet of rich autumn shades of red, green, brown, tan, golden yellow and white. The plain edge is trimmed with a narrow gold band. The coup style plate measures 8 1/4" across, 1 1/4" in depth and is stamped in green with the Haviland mark F, which is "H & Co." underlined over "L"; circa 1876-1889. It is also marked with the artist's initials "VM" and an "X". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Beautiful. Purchase the entire set of 5 for $295.00.
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