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.
This Haviland & Co. white-ware blank was purchased and decorated outside the Haviland company. It is so well executed and beautiful, I would say it was done by a professional studio, if not, in a very advanced home-studio environment. The portrait is of a beautiful lady of the era attired in a multi-colored evening gown in shades of champagne, blue and pink. Her graying, pompadour curls, adorned with delicate pink flowers and blue ribbons, penetrating blue eyes, dark brows, rosy cheeks, lips and fair complexion presents a vision of beauty and sophistication. The verge of the plate is decorated with a band of black geometric designs, with the outer border colored a soft pink with narrow gold rim. The portrait is unsigned by the artist.
The plate measures 9 1/2" across with gently scalloped edge. It is marked in green "H & Co. over L over France", which was the mark "H" Haviland mark, circa 1888-1896. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint.