This is a rare piece. It is a Haviland & Co French Limoges hard paste porcelain centerpiece bowl in the leaf blank. The size is 11 ¼” x 9 ¾”. The date is circa 1879 to 1889.
The leaf blank has in the blank the veins of a leaf extending to the edges, and the edges are irregular in the form of a leaf. Usually, this blank is found in smaller pieces; for example, I have a rare sauce boat in this blank in another listing if you want to see another version of this blank. A large centerpiece bowl is exceptionally rare, in fact in all my decades of being in the business this is the first time I’ve seen one.
The pattern is one of flowers, and it looks like the bowl was part of a multi-floral series. Inside the bowl the transfer pattern is one of blue flowers, like poppies, with touches of white enamel applied by hand at the factory, and gray and brown leaves. On the two sides, there is a different pattern, one of a bunch of small pale pink flowers touched with green and grassy foliage that is brown and green.
Gold is brushed on around the edges and the base. The bowl has an open handle at one end, with lines of gold over the handle.
Along the top edge there is a flat area that was covered in gold at the factory, and I show it in a close-up photo. At another spot on the edge there is a tiny nick in the porcelain, which I show in another close-up photo. There are no chips, cracks or crazing.
The black maker’s mark is H&Co over L. The green overglaze decorating mark is Haviland & Co Limoges inside a double circle.
French Haviland Limoges Large Centerpiece Bowl Rare Leaf Blank c 1879 - 1889
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