This is a rare set of twelve French Haviland & Co Limoges hand painted ice cream bowls. The date is 19th century, circa 1888 to 1896.
The blank is shaped like a leaf, in an oval shape with an irregular edge, and a small open handle at one end. The bottom interior of each dish shows the veins of the leaf and is part of the porcelain blank. Each dish is about 1 ½” high and about 5 3/8” long. The blank is identified as an ice cream dish in the book “Haviland China Age of Elegance,” page 199, Figure 290, by Nora Travis.
The artist painted the dishes in shades of red. The color is more of a brown-pink red, not a bright red, so more towards a burnt red or brown. The colors are darker around the edges and shade to a lighter pinkish color around the bottom of the interior and exterior of the bowls. The undersides are glazed white.
The artist maintained the theme of the blank, which is one of leaves and foliage. Painted in shades of the burnt red color, each dish shows a different rendition of blackberries with the thorny vines, leaves and flowers. Note that the artist painted everything with the same colors, which is quite intricate.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There are a few pinprick size losses of color on a few bowls. A few bowls have tiny pinpricks on the underside table rest, the part of the bowl that sits on the table.
The green underglaze mark is H&Co L France. The artist did not sign any of the dishes.
I have other Limoges dishes listed to my shop painted by this same studio or artist with the red and the blackberries. Just do a search within my shop for “blackberries.” The red color makes the dishes perfect for entertaining during the Christmas holiday seasons, or at any time.
French Haviland Limoges Set 12 Ice Cream Dishes Shaped Like Leaves Hand Painted Blackberries Red Shaded c 1888 to 1895
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