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Offered for your collecting enjoyment is this lovely Hand painted porcelain charger made by the John Haviland company.
The original Haviland firm was started by David Haviland in France. When he died the company was split between the two sons, Charles Edward and Theodore Haviland. The two brothers had a falling out and Theodore left to start his own factory. Charles Edward retained the Haviland & Co.
Then in 1907, Charles Edward's son Jean opened his own company, Johann Haviland (Johann is German for Jean which is French for John), in the Bavarian town of Waldershof, Germany. This company lasted until 1924 and was sold.
This is a large dinner charger, back during the Victorian times and early 1900's you did not just serve your guests on a regular plate. You had a "charger" that was hand decorated that you put the actual dish they ate from on so when it was time to chage plates for the 8 course meal your guests had something nice to look at. This charger stayed on the table until the end of the service then most often the men went outside to smoke and tell off colored jokes while the ladies withdrew to the drawing room.
This lovely charger features hand painted diffrent colored pansys, purple flowers and green leaves on a light blue background along the rim and signed by the artist "A.C.S.".
It measures 9.75 inches in diameter and is in excellent condition for its great age with no chips, cracks or repairs!
Please see the other charger I have signed by the same artist, not the same flowers but just as lovely!
Add this wonderful antique hand painted porcelain plate to your Haviland or Limoges collection today or give as a super gift!