Haviland collectors elect officers for 2013

PHOENIX, Ariz. — At the group’s 23rd annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, the following members were elected officers of the Haviland Collectors International Foundation for 2012-2013: President, Fred Daniels, San Francisco, Calif.; First Vice President, Alice Pricer, Royal Oak., Mich.; Second Vice President, Paul Robertson, Santa Clara, Calif.; Treasurer, Perry Haviland, Oakland, Calif.; Recording Secretary, Jackie Doctor, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Corresponding/Membership Secretary, Karen Levin, Wheeling, Ill. Appointed as Editor of the Haviland Quarterly, Arthur Levin of Wheeling, Ill.

Conference attendees marveled at the wall of cabinets displaying Richard Burnham’s collection of pieces of the official state dinner service manufactured by Haviland and Company for President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. Collected over a decade, this collection has 59 different pieces – missing only 16 items.

Haviland Vareene cup and saucer. (Photo courtesy Haviland Online)

Haviland Vareene cup and saucer. (Photo courtesy Haviland Online)

Featured speakers were Robert Doares and Barbara Woods, whose research led to the discovery of a second Hayes set manufactured for the Canadian market with a coat of arms of Canada in place of the presidential seal found on other Hayes pieces.

Janice Stockman gave a presentation on Edward Lysett and Susan Frackelton, important figures in the hand-painting era following the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Fred Daniels shared his presentation “French Aesthetics for the American Home 1853–1929,” given previously at the San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum. Dr. Wallace Tomasini discussed mid-19th century American life and customs and how this led to Haviland’s emergence as an innovator in both utility and design. Paul Ohland and Arthur Levin gave a workshop on the use of the computer in locating and bidding on various auction sites.

Other conference activities included Show and Tell, a voice auction and a Show and Sale open to the public.

The 2013 conference will be held in the San Francisco area June 13-16, 2013.

Haviland Schleiger 234 Platter - 12 3/4 by 8 1/4 inches. (Photo courtesy Haviland Online)

Haviland Schleiger 234 Platter – 12 3/4 by 8 1/4 inches. (Photo courtesy Haviland Online)

Haviland Collectors International Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of porcelain and pottery manufactured by the Haviland families in Limoges, France. Founded in 1990, it is an international organization of collectors and specialists formed to increase the knowledge of its membership and the public-at-large regarding the history, production, significance and appreciation of the wares produced by various Haviland companies.

The vast production of the company founded in 1842 has led to a myriad of interests for the collector. HCIF members are enthusiastic collectors of Haviland dinnerware (60,000 patterns and variations) stoneware, earthenware and ceramic sculpture pieces. HCIF publishes a quarterly newsletter and offers numerous publications; membership dues are $50 annually.

For more information, contact hcifmemsecy@hotmail.com or visit www.havilandcollectors.com.