Just before Christmas I received this exquisite fish set from one of my dear college professors, Joyce Baldwin, who passed away early in the year.
What a blessing for this lovely set to now live at Chestnut Cottage! I had great fun researching the mark and this is what I found.
The set is French Limoges from CH Haviland. The marks would suggest that these pieces were made prior to 1898, likely around 1882. Charles Field Haviland left America for Limoges in the early 1850’s to work for his uncle, David Haviland. He married the granddaughter of Francois Alluaud and later took control of the Alluaud porcelain factory, one of the oldest Limoges factories.
The depth of color and detail just makes my heart sing!
This set includes the master fish plate and eight individual plates that are 9 inches in diameter. Very soon, I shall poach a nice salmon and have a delicious fish course using this beautiful set! If anyone has a wonderful recipe they use for poached salmon and a yummy sauce, I would love to hear from you! This set now joins many “shades of blue” at Chestnut Cottage.