Antique French Porcelain Haviland Limoges Rectangular Celery Tray

Antique French Porcelain Haviland Limoges Rectangular Celery Tray
Item# HavilandLimogesCeleryTrayBirdsFlowers
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Product Description And Additional Pictures

Our elegant antique French porcelain rectangular celery tray bears the unmistakable mold indicative of fine Haviland Limoges porcelain. Measuring an impressive 11-3/4" long, 4-1/2" wide, and 1-5/8" tall, this hand painted antique French Limoges porcelain dish is a work of art. Soft, lemony yellow paint adorns the outer 1-1/4" of this white antique French porcelain tray. Gold paint embellishes the outer rim, plus both large branch-shaped pierced handles. A gilded decorative branch with leaves runs along the lower 4" of the antique French porcelain tray for additional flourish. Scalloped, impressed mould work on all four corners and at the mid-point of both long sides of this antique porcelain tray give this piece its gorgeous and refined look. The skilled artist - who signed the back of this antique Haviland Limoges porcelain piece - painted delicate yellow flowers in a shade deeper and darker than the edge for a handsome contrast. The flowers have blossomed from willowy green stalks and bend gently in a spring breeze. A few petals float away in the wind. Birds bearing leaves in their beaks in which to build their nests fly above.

The backstamp dates this antique French Haviland Limoges porcelain tray to a manufacture date from between 1876 - 1889. Other than some loss to the gold paint - please see the pictures below - this antique French porcelain Haviland Limoges tray is in fine antique condition. There are no chips, cracks, nicks or crazing.

HISTORY: Haviland Limoges began producing fine porcelain wares in 1839 when David Haviland of New York City moved to Limoges, France because of the kaolin clay which was available. David Haviland was one of the first manufacturers to decorate the plates in Limoges, rather than sending them to Paris to be decorated. In 1842 the first shipment of Haviland china was exported to the United States.