This is a set of eight 19th century French Haviland & Co Limoges breakfast or luncheon plates, 8 ½”, with one of the Meadow Visitor patterns on each plate. The date is circa 1876 to 1889.
The blank is called Torse, designed by Haviland in the 19th century. The rims have wavy ridges.
The pattern is one of the Meadow Visitor variations. Each plate has a different insect or bird, a transfer pattern applied in a reddish brown with gold gilding. There are sprays of flowers and grassy stems, using the colors of blue, lavender, purple, green, yellow and brown. The flowers have a lot of petals, similar to carnations or asters.
One plate has a dragonfly. A few plates have different butterflies. The other plates show small birds.
One plate has a chip on the underside edge, which I show in a photo. Another plate has quite a bit of roughness on the underside edge, because there is a problem with the glazing. A third plate has a few dark stains on the underside edge. There are a few dark marks in the glaze on the underside, part of the firing process. There are no other chips, cracks or crazing. There is a little bit of wear to some of the gold on the insects and birds.
The green underglaze mark is H&Co over L.
The brown overglaze factory decorating mark is Haviland & Co Limoges inside a double circle.
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