Haviland china collector conference finds home in Phoenix

Haviland Collectors International Foundation (HCIF) will hold its 23rd annual conference at the Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale May 31-June 3, 2012. Highlights of the conference include special exhibitions, lectures, workshops, Show and Tell, an auction and an all-Haviland Show and Sale open to the public on Sunday, June 3.

Featured speakers will be Robert Doares and Barbara Wood, collectors of French porcelains, chiefly those of 18th and 19th century Paris and Limoges. The couple resides in Williamsburg,Va., where Bob is a museum educator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Their volume on first-production Haviland China, “Old Limoges: Haviland Porcelain Design and Décor, 1845-1865,” was published by Schiffer in 2005.

Together they have contributed articles to the Haviland Quarterly and the Journal of the American Ceramic Circle. Doares has also written for the journals of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the Georgia Museum of Art. The couple’s continuing research has been supported with grants from the Haviland Collectors International Educational Foundation and the American Ceramic Circle.

Haviland plate  This circa 1900, 9-inch Haviland plate is hand-painted with a scene from “Parsifal.” The piece carries the “Haviland, France,” and “Haviland & Co., Limoges” marks and sold for $238 at Heritage Auction Galleries Feb. 7, 2012. Photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.

As keynote speaker, Doares will shed new light on the President Hayes White House Dinner Service. Recent discoveries on both sides of the Atlantic have revealed more details on the design process for the official state dinner service manufactured by Haviland and Co. for President and Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879.

Heretofore unpublished artwork by designer Theodore R. Davis and documents from French archives illuminate how the original concept, bold from the outset, developed into the most controversial of all presidential designs. Also, the “rediscovery” of a long-lost duplicate service customized for the Canadian market and once owned by the Governor-General of Quebec brings to the fore examples of the most elusive shape from the Hayes service – one that no longer survives at the White House or in any known American collection.

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 Haviland 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 members have been responsible for many museum exhibitions of Haviland porcelains. HCIF publishes a quarterly newsletter and many related publications. Membership dues are $50 annually.

For further information, contact hcif_memsecy[at]hotmail.com or visit www.havilandcollectors.com.

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