For those elegant Victorian era breakfasts, the humble condensed milk can or jar of jam was cleverly tucked out of sight in a beautiful porcelain holder in the center of the table. Complete with its lid and underplate, rare to find the complete set, this holder from Charles Field Haviland has the classic white Limoges porcelain which is hand painted in 22k gold. Around the edges of each piece is a band with a repeating garland of flower buds with gold dots set on a dark green ground with a fanciful gold scrolling pattern on the underside. The twig side handles and top handle are covered in gold.
Stamped on the bottom is a hallmark of Charles Field Haviland and the GDA FRANCE mark which dates it around 1900. There is also an ink stamp for JMc D & Co. which is probably the distributor.
The holder is 4" high, 5" to the top of the handle, and 3 1/8" diameter. The underplate is 5 3/4" diameter. Condition is excellent. The only sign of wear is a little loss of gilt on the top handle.