This is a set of six French Haviland & Co Limoges hard paste porcelain extra fancy breakfast or lunch plates, decorated in the Feu de Four process; the plates have a rim. Each plate has a Haviland mark in gold that shows the date of 1893.
Each plate is gilded on the edge with a line of gold trim that has designs on it, and a line of gold trim is around the footrest on the underside.
I believe the pattern is Flowers and Seeds, which shows a type of flowering poppy with leaves and stems. However this pattern is created with greens and browns, versus the more typical reds and browns.
You can view more Feu de Four in the book by Nora Travis, “Haviland China the Age of Elegance”, pages 40-41 and read about the kiln firing process. Production was limited, therefore scarcity today is quite high.
The plates are 8 1/2”.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing with the exception of one plate that has an edge repair; I point to this repair with a red arrow in two photos. The gold trim shows minimal wear.
The green underglaze mark is H&Co L France. The red overglaze factory decorating mark is Haviland & Co Limoges. Additionally, in gold, there is the mark of H&Co followed by 1893. The dishes that Haviland gave a specific gold mark to were only for their highest end production. There is no Feu de Four decorating mark.
I have more Feu de Four in my shop, so please look for it.
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