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Three Antique Haviland Limoges Porcelain Butter Pats c1868, c1888, and c1889
Three antique hand painted Haviland Limoges porcelain butter pats are being offered here for one low price. All three butter pats have Haviland marks on their bases that correspond to individual median production dates of about 1875 (Pat A), ca 1892 (Pat B) and ca 1893 (Pat C). The full time brackets for each butter pat are:
Butter Pat A: dates from between 1868 to 1881 for a Charles Field Haviland encrusted enameled Prunus branch pat (with Marks #2 and #3 shown in Gaston 2000: p151),
Butter Pat B: dates from between 1888 to 1896 for a Haviland & Co plain gilded pat (with Mark #11 shown in Gaston 2000: p178),
Butter Pat C: dates from between 1889 to 1896 for a Haviland & Co Blue flowers & wheat stalk pat (with Marks #11 and #13 shown in Gaston 2000: p178).
These three pats capture some of the changing fashions in Anglo-French porcelain in the 1860 to 1895 period. The oldest of the three is the thickest butter pat that also has a true foot ring and the green underglaze CFH mark used by Charles Field Haviland from 1868 to 1881. This oldest pat also has CH FIELD HAVILAND LIMOGES in an circular overglaze blue mark that was used by Charles Field Haviland from 1859 to 1881. It is decorated with an overglaze print of a blossoming Prunus branch that is colored by hand with soft enamel colors of opaque white and several translucent color washes of pink, yellow, blue, brown and gray. The small butterfly heading toward the branch is most appealing and the motif is modeled after the Japonism movement that was popularized in several French world expositions starting in the late 1860s. For example, the Paris World's Fair of 1867 generated immense interest in a faience styled ceramic service decorated by Felix Bracquemond for Eugene Rousseau. The design on the set was considered to be revolutionary in the evolution of formal dinner-service decoration. It was considered at the time to be the first example in France where Japanese motifs were used and where the decoration broke dramatically from all previous traditional French schemes of plate decoration. The service was also shown at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873 and attracted similar intense interest.
The Bracquemond-Rousseau 1867 service immediately became the touchstone by which other decorators using Japanese motifs were critically judged, and the style remained fashionable for decades. The oldest of the three Haviland butter pats listed here is fashioned after the 1867 Bracquemond-Rousseau service and could, in fact date from 1868 based on the two marks on its back side. Its limited enameled accents gives it an encrusted appearance. If you collect early examples of marked Haviland, then you certainly may wish to add this butter pat to your holdings especially since it also comes with two other antique Haviland butter pats each more than 110 years old.
Briefly, the remaining two butter pats are also pleasing to display and date from the late 1880s or early 1890s. Neither one has a foot ring and so they reveal the shift toward flat bases and thinner bodied butter pats (probably a result of the need to increase production and reduce costs as competition increased). Also, their bases have a dry matte-type porcelain finish. One of these pats is decorated over the glaze with blue bachelor button flowers and greenish-brown wheat stalks. It has two Haviland & Co. marks on its back side (see photos) and dates from the 1889 to 1896 period. The other butter pat is also decorated over the glaze with a simple geometric border hand painted in gold and a distinctive turquoise blue hand painted rim. This pat has a single Haviland & Co. mark that was used between 1880 and 1896. Finally, all three butter pats have no chips, hairlines or repairs and will certainly capture attention in any display setting or collection. And as always, all three butter pats come with a full satisfaction guarantee or return them for a refund (see return policy full details explained farther below, certain fees are nonrefundable and all three must be returned and cannot be split up).
SIZE: All three butter pats measure roughly about 2 3/4 inches square and differ only in their height along the rim due to whether they have a foot ring or not. Also, the gilded pat is the thinnest of the three and verges toward being almost egg shell in thickness. The oldest pat is the thickest and stands 5/8 inches tall along its rim edge while the other two that lack foot rings (have flat bases) stand only 7/16 inches tall along their rims. The square style butter pat seems to drop from favor by 1900 and most of the antique butter pats also sold today are round or wavy edged. The three pats listed here will display well whether placed in holders along a shelf or under glass in a well lighted cabinet.
CONDITION: The three butter pats listed here have no chips, cracks, hairlines, star cracks, stains, major scratches, repairs or restorations. The only declaration to mention that keeps them from being as perfect as the day they were removed from a muffle kiln more than 110 years is some very minor loss to the overglaze decoration. The decoration on the 1868 pat (butterfly pat) is more than 99.5% intact, on the 1888 gilded pat is more than 98% intact, and on the blue bachelor flower pat is more than 99.5% intact. Beyond this, there are no production flaws and their glazes are shiny and bright with no crazing. Three better example would be hard to find today without paying twice as much as offered here. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.
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