From our Fine Arts and Americana Collection, an elegant Haviland porcelain soup tureen, late 19th century circa 1888-1896, decorated with floating flowers in “Indian purple,” with molded floral applique and a generous use of gilding.
The history of Haviland porcelain is a very interesting story of American entrepreneurship, sibling rivalry, and French protest....We encourage our clientele to read about this fascinating history on the web. Many people mistakenly assume that Haviland was a French company given its connection to Limoges, but in fact it was an American company merely operating in France to take advantage of the fine kaolin supplies (an essential porcelain ingredient) near Foecy, north of Limoges.
This particular piece is a very pretty example of the fine work that Haviland produced in its early years. Haviland marks are well documented, and the marks here both in red and green stencil date this piece specifically between 1888-1896.
Size and Condition: 12 ½ inches across handle to handle, 8 inches tall to tip of finial, and 8 inches deep. Perfect condition. This piece may have originally come with its own soup ladle, but if so, it has been lost to history.