David Haviland imposed the city of Limoges as the world capital for porcelain, a cradle of art without limit.
He began to write the story of the Haviland family, a name synonymous with the art of French luxury, name which is still recognized nowadays.
In 1848, David Haviland, who was an American merchant based in New York, created a trading company to import ceramics and porcelain from Limoges. Fascinated by the Limousin “white gold”, he crossed the Atlantic ocean in 1842 to settle in Limoges, where he started his own manufacture. At the time, the Porcelain of Limoges experienced an unprecedented bloom, and David Haviland became world-acclaimed for his innovative eye and creative genius. In 1853, he obtained a gold medal at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York, and the French government later saluted his talent by awarding him a silver medal at Paris World Exposition in 1855.
David Haviland has always been eager to push the limits of know-how. He perfected decorative techniques and equipped his manufacture with revolutionary machines and soon became the most important French porcelain manufacturer.
Since then, major royal families and Heads of states from around the world have succumbed to the charms and exceptional prestige of this porcelain: Empress Eugenie, Napoleon III’s wife, French President Jacques Chirac, Prince Rainier of Monaco, as well as US Presidents Roosevelt and Lincoln, to name a few.
Maison Haviland has been involved in French excellence for more than 175 years, sublimating the finest restaurants in the world’s most outstanding palaces, such as the Ritz Carlton Paris, Le Dorchester Hotel in London, or the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.
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Authenticity & Craftsmanship
The Manufacture tells the story of men and women who participated over time in the transformation of the material, with a unique know-how and a 100% French production.
The finishing and decorating artistic work requires many specific steps, all realized by hand by highly skilled and truly passionate artists to create heritage, timeless, contemporary pieces, as illustrated by the Relief and Inlay collections.
Among the exceptional inlay collections, Maison Haviland presents prestigious museum pieces reproductions, like Feuille d’Or (1912) and Grand Apparat (1883), or outstanding decors, like Bassora, which patterns were inspired by unique oriental fabrics and ornaments of the 12th & 13th centuries. At Haviland, everyday passion builds the success and the story of the Maison.
Projects & Products
International projects :
Hotel Ritz Carlton Paris
Hotel Dorchester, London
Hotel Shangri-La Paris