Haviland Limoges China Roots – The Past and Present

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Most people tend not to know that Limoges China does not refer to a certain porcelain company. Limoges is in fact area in France in which kaolin clay was identified in the 1700′s. By the nineteenth century almost all of Frances china producers were located in Limoges.

David Haviland started importing this fine porcelain from Limoges, but found it to not be very fashionable with Americans. Americans favored the English decoration and design rather than the French. So David Haviland along with his 2 sons, Theodore and Charles, moved to Limoges in 1842. He commissioned existing companies to produce porcelain that was stylized for American style. In 1865 David Haviland China was founded and rapidly became a major manufacturer in Limoges.

In the meantime Charles Field Haviland, David’s nephew establishes his own porcelain company too. It was sold to GDM upon Charles Fields Haviland’s retirement, and is run by them right up until 1941 when Robert Haviland, C.F. Haviland’s grandson, buys the rights for the models and marks. Robert Haviland is still in existence today.

Thirteen years following David’s death in 1892, the history of Haviland Limoges china becomes a bit muddled. Theodore Haviland leaves Haviland and Company and forms his own organization, but carries with him the Haviland brand name calling his organization “Theodore Haviland”.

In the meantime, in 1907, Charles’ son Jean moves to Bavaria and starts manufacturing Haviland china under the name Johann Haviland. Johann Haviland china was produced right up until 1924 when an Italian firm purchased it.

Charles carries on manufacturing porcelain under the Haviland and Company name right up until 1931 when he went bankrupt. His nephew William, Theodore’s son, acquired the rights to the old marks and models in 1941. A few years following WWII, William’s son, Theodore Haviland II took over the business.

Haviland and Company still exists today under the name Haviland Company. Alongside this company is Robert Haviland & C. Parlon porcelain. Both with long complicated, rich historical past from the United States, to France, to Germany and back again.

Certainly family reunions are extremely interesting for the descendants of David Haviland and his sons. Haviland china is a family business; or should we say Haviland china is many family businesses?

For more information on Robert Haviland & C. Parlon china or Haviland Company china, please visit our website at www(dot)charcrews(dot)com. Many brands of fine china giftware and flatware collections are available at Char Crews. If you are unable to find what you’re looking for email us at info@charcrews.com or call us at 1.800.323.1972

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