SIZE: 8 & 1/2 inches in diameter
COLORS: Wild flower white and yellows against a spring green
AGE: Probably made around 1900 to 1915
SPECIAL FEATURES: Hand painted, monogrammed
Hand Painted china was very popular during the early 1900's. The striking colors and imagined scenes were professionally completed in a factory , studio, or by a skilled artist who created everlasting art that would be as fresh and new 100 years later as when it was painted. During the late 1800's and early 1900's hand painted plates became a favorite hobby of many Americans. China blanks were purchased from many French, German, and Bavarian companies and beautiful works of art were created by professionals and hobbyists.
This lovely hand painted plate, circa the early 1900's is a monogramed tribute to the family who's name begins with an "F". The motif consists of intertwined daisy's in shades of white, yellow and green. The background is a muted combination of light and dark greens. The monogram is done in gilded capital F.
FROM HAVILAND COLLECTORS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION:
In 1840, David Haviland, who had a china shop in New York City, made his first trip to France to establish an alliance with a manufacturer who could create pieces of porcelain for the American trade. He eventually settled in Limoges, France to oversee production. This was near the source of the abundant kaolin mines, the special white clay unique to Limoges porcelain. He established his own company in 1853 to produce china specifically for the American market.
There were numerous china manufacturers in Limoges, but the Haviland Company was the first to have artists on site to do the decorating. After the Civil War, David sent his son, Théodore, to the U.S. to handle distribution and marketing. Production dramatically increased and another son, Charles Edward Haviland, took over management of the firm from his father. Many talented artists were engaged and soon the lithograph or transfer technique of decoration was developed. White House china sets were designed for Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Hayes and Harrison. But the Victorian housewife was the primary customer with a wide variety of patterns to choose.
Théodore Haviland left the company to start his own in 1893 and was a very innovative marketer. Many prizes were won at exhibitions by both Haviland companies. "A set in every home" became Théodore's goal, and full services of china for $29.95 are found in the Sears catalogs of the 1920s. Several patterns from both firms were used as premiums by the Jewel Tea Company. It is estimated that there are over 30,000 patterns and variations.
Charles Haviland's company went out of business in 1931. Because of the approaching hostilities in Europe, Théodore moved his company to the United States in 1936, where it operated until 1957. The patterns of both companies were gathered and bought in 1941 by William Haviland who retired in 1972. Although the name Haviland remains today, the firm has gone through several changes in ownership.
Hand Painted Monogrammed Haviland Cabinet Dish