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 item.
This gorgeous, hand painted charger plate, circa 1880, is decorated with wild rose bushes covered in soft pink and snow white blossoms on long, leaf covered stems, with shaded green and purple leafage. Fluttering among the blossoms are several colorful, exotic birds, against a background of muted blue sky and gray foliage.
The charger measures 12 1/2" and carries the Haviland back-stamp mark D - "H & Co." over two lines, circa 1876-1886. It is initialed by the artist "S" and dated 1881. There are no cracks, scratches or repairs.