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 ice cream serving platter.
Ice cream and ice made from fruit, were always an important part of every meal. These had to be made in a hand-cranked container and were softer than our ice cream of today. The ice cream was then ladled with a large spoon into and ice cream platter, which is deeper than a normal platter. The dessert was then brought to the table and small matching dishes were filled with the dessert.
This beautiful hand painted ice cream or serving platter was executed in a small home studio environment on a Haviland China blank. The gorgeous scenic country fall season motif consists of a cottage, grass bordered stream, foot bridge with an individual ready to cross, and numerous barren and almost barren trees. The entire scene and folded corners of the platter are painted in light-to-medium-to-dark shades of burgundy with a narrow gold edging surrounding the platter. The piece was executed by an accomplished artist.
The platter measures 15" in length, 9 1/2" in width and 2" in depth. It is stamped in green with the Haviland back-stamp. Mark 'F' - "H & Co., underlined, over L", this mark was used from 1876-1889. There are no cracks, chips, repairs or enamel wear; very slight wear on the gold trim. Fantastic early Haviland Ice Cream/Serving Platter.
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