In 1842, David HAVILAND, enthralled by a fascination for “Limousin white gold”, was moved to leave the United States, crossing the Atlantic to set up in LIMOGES. Helped by his two sons, Charles-Edward and Théodore, the House would show exceptional levels of creativity and savoir-faire. Soon it would make its mark on the arts de la table. From this very moment onwards, the HAVILAND name has illuminated the world.
The creation of limitless forms and décors, an adapted industrial tool, and an audacious company mindset have granted HAVILAND its position at the forefront of the porcelain world for over one and a half centuries.
It is at this renowned house that the greatest of ceramists, including Dammouse and Bracquemond chose to reveal their skill and impart their knowledge. Cocteau, Dali, Suzanne Lalique, Kandinsky – these immense artists, the most talented and inspired creators of their time have each made their contribution to breathing life into porcelain, this most noble of materials. Contemporaries such as animal painter Alain Thomas, and Loet Vanderveen, are present today at the very heart of each collection, stamping them with the sheer diversity of their art.
The noblest of world Courts, and the most important Heads of State have each in turn succumbed to the charm and prestige of this French porcelain of ultimate exception. From the United States – Lincoln, Grant, Hayes, Roosevelt – to Europe: Empress Eugénie, René Coty, General de Gaulle, Valérie Giscard d’Estaing, Jacques Chirac, in France, Queen Maria Pia of Portugal, Emperor Guillaume II in Germany. From the Emperor of Japan, to the Royal Court of Morocco.
Talent is a gift.
It is also a story of men and women, who, through the course of time, have lived and absorbed the metamorphosis of materials and colours. Company loyal, they have known how to hone their gestures to render the product sublime, making it truly exceptional. Enriched by its experience, HAVILAND remains a pioneer. The importance of its historical archives, on forms and decors in equal measure, along with thousands of creations, have permitted the Manufacture to found a museum, displaying its rarest, most beautiful, most representative pieces for the delight of all. The famous Maître Porcelainier, emblem of the House of Haviland, is exposed in this location.
A number of ancient and contemporary works have joined the Adrien DUBOUCHE National Museum of Limoges, which possesses one of the most important collections of porcelain and ceramic pieces.
Having known how to bring its ancestral savoir-faire to life, HAVILAND, French Maker of porcelain, combines tradition and modernity, classic re-editions with the most resolutely modern of creations.
For the passion of art and luxury.