Antique Haviland & Co Square Napkin Fold Plate circa 1876-1889
Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It's not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt. A glow or a communicated sense of fineness. D.H. Lawrence
Napkin fold. That's the name of the style of this antique porcelain serving plate. Doesn't that sound so delicate and lovely? It was made by Haviland & Co in Limoges, France between 1876-1889.
We've written quite a bit about the talented Haviland family in both the shop here and on the blog here. As true masters of their trade, they've produced some of the most exquisite dishware designs the world has ever known. Even Claude Monet was impressed and inspired by their work!
Gorgeous in color and detail this serving plate is handpainted in the most beautiful of ways and features gold detailing in the shape of wings. Berries, daisies, and flowering branches make up the floral bouquets that trail top to bottom or side to side depending on position and feature a color palette of plum, rust, pale turquoise, peach, and spring green.
Sized at 9x9, it's a lovely blank slate of a dish made for serving something artistically arranged. Cheese and crackers and chutney perhaps, or a simple composition of nuts and fruit, a small tiered cake, or a pretty pastry dusted with sugar. We just love dishes that offer so many possibilities to make mealtime beautiful in food and friendship. This one has been doing just that for 145 years. Cheers to 145 more!
- Unique design
- Stamped on bottom with Haviland mark
In beautiful antique condition. There are no chips or cracks. The glaze is very shiny and the colors are bright and crisp. There is a slight rubbing of the gold detailing on the wing-shaped design and along the napkin fold embossing lines. Please see photos.
Measures 9" inches x 9" inches and weighs 1.8lbs