Haviland collectors meeting to explore Flowers from Fire

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Haviland Collectors International Foundation (HCIF) will hold its 24th Annual Conference at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport-Waterfront, June 13-16, 2013. Highlights of the conference include special exhibitions, lectures, workshops, a benefit auction and an all-Haviland Show and Sale open to the public (free) on Sunday, June 16, 2013, from noon-3 p.m. at the Diplomat Ballroom, 150 Anza Blvd., Burlingame, Calif. HCIF members will also identify patterns.

(Photo courtesy Haviland Collectors International Foundation)

(Photo courtesy Haviland Collectors International Foundation)

Featured speakers will be Dr. Robert Rorex, Art History Department, University of Iowa; Nora Travis, author of “Haviland China The Age of Elegance” and “Evolution of Haviland China Design;” Dr. Richard Pryor will discuss the Golden Age of San Francisco Haviland; and Richard Rossman will examine the importance of backmarks in the identification of porcelain. In anticipation of the fall trip to Paris and Limoges, Mme. Annick Moreau-Feunteun will give a presentation on Limoges, home of the Haviland Company since 1842. Donna Hafer, founder of a private (but open to the public) Haviland Museum in St. Charles, Mo., will share her remembrances and long-time interest in the pursuit of Haviland pieces.

Special exhibitions will display pieces by brothers Albert and Edouard Dammouse, specialty items from the collections of California collectors, an elaborate display of a French Dinner Service and a collection of the popular all-white Ranson pattern.

HCIF is a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the study of porcelain and pottery manufactured by the Haviland families in Limoges, France. For more information on HCIF, visit www.havilandcollectors.com or contact hcifmemsec@gmail.com.