The Manufacturer


In 1842 David Haviland made Limoges, the world capital of 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, which has lasted till this day.

David Haviland, a trader, created an import company of ceramics and porcelain in 1838 in New York. Fascinated by the Limousin “white gold”, he travelled the Atlantic and settled in Limoges in 1842, where he founded his own company and manufacturing facility. 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 the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1855.

David Haviland was always eager to push the limits of know-how. He perfected decorative techniques and equipped his factory with revolutionary machines. In 1864 Haviland became the most important French porcelain manufacturer.

The largest royal families and heads of state from around the world have succumbed to the charm and exceptional prestige of this porcelain. Among them include the wife of Napoleon III, the Empress Eugenie, President Jacques Chirac, Prince Rainier of Monaco, as well as Presidents Roosevelt and Lincoln, to name a few. 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 Paris, Le Dorchester in London, the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris and even The Crillon Hotel.

The most skilled designers, painters and sculptors of their time, such as Bracquemond, Dammouse, Suzannne Lalique, Gauguin, Dufy, Sandoz, Kandinsky and Dali have contributed to the reputation and history of Haviland.

Haviland tells the story of men and women who have participated over time in the transformation of porcelain, with unique know-how and 100% French production.

Since then, Haviland has successfully continued to reinvent the soul of porcelain by transmitting an ancestral know-how in Limoges. The craftsmen have managed to preserve and keep their craft alive by combining tradition and modernity.

At Haviland, it is the everyday passion that continues to build the success of the Maison, with which we continue to write our legend.