Robert Haviland & C. Parlon's
history

1771

Birth of William Haviland

William is the founding father of the Haviland dynasty

1835

CREATION OF HAVILAND BROTHERS CIE

This company, managed by the Haviland brothers, imports earthenware and porcelain to New York

1839

DEPARTURE FROM THE UNITED STATES FOR LIMOGES

William Haviland sends two of his sons, Robert and David, to France to look for suppliers

1842

CREATION OF THE FIRST PORCELAIN FACTORY OF THE HAVILAND FAMILY

David Haviland, Robert’s brother, created a porcelain decoration business in Limoges and then founded his own factory in 1853.

1850

THE THIRD GENERATION CONTINUES TO GROW THE FAMILY BUSINESS

Charles Field Haviland was born in 1832 in the United States and left in 1850 for France to settle in Limoges, where he came to help his uncle David, who had also left for France a few years earlier to create the Haviland factory.

1859

CREATION OF THE SECOND FACTORY OF THE FAMILY :
CH. FIELD HAVILAND

Charles Field Haviland creates his own factory

1897

Birth of Robert Haviland

Robert Haviland is the grandson of Charles Field Haviland

1924

CREATION OF THE ROBERT HAVILAND FACTORY

Robert Haviland created his own factory under his name Robert Haviland, which later became Robert Haviland et C. Parlon during his association with Camille Parlon

1927

CREATION OF THE DYNASTY pattern

This pattern, entirely worked in gold or platinum, created at the end of the 1920s, is undoubtedly the signature decoration of the company, as it expresses all its manual and exceptional know-how. Indeed, this very luxurious decoration, requiring extreme dexterity, requires more than a dozen operations, including chromolithography, inlaying, painting with bright gold or platinum and several firings.

1941

TAKE OVER OF MANUFACTURE CH. FIELD HAVILAND BY ROBERT HAVILAND

That year, Robert Haviland took over the brand from his grandfather Ch. Field Haviland.

1950

CREATION OF THE Elisabeth Pattern

In tribute to the Russian plate created in 1762 by Falconet for Empress Catherine II of Russia, R. Haviland & C. Parlon has reproduced this exceptional design with its royal past for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

1960 - 1970

THE R. HAVILAND & C. PARLON EQUIPS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND PRESTIGIOUS TABLES IN THE WORLD

The factory becomes at this period the most prized factory. Museums, institutions and royal families call upon it to decorate their tables with exclusive and extraordinary decorations. It creates for example the Ambassade service, specially dedicated to the French embassies in the whole world. At the time, this service was decorated with a blue net underlined by a gold thread and stamped with the monogram R.F. République Française. R. Haviland & C. Parlon, it is also the realization of orders for the Maharajah of Boroda, the Shah of Iran, the King of Morocco, the Count of Paris, the Sultan of Brunaï…

1974

CREATION OF THE Matignon pattern

Created especially at the request of Madame Chirac, after a design from the Musée de Sèvres, for the Hôtel Matignon, this service combines the classicism of its decoration with a theme of foliage highlighted in gold in harmony with the gardens of the famous residence.

1976

CREATION OF THE Monet pattern

The porcelain factory Robert Haviland & C. Parlon was commissioned to revive the dinner service in the Giverny dining room, created at the time by Monet himself. To do this, the factory worked to find the exact color and to recreate specially molds to reproduce the identical service of the painter. Since its inception, this decoration has been a great success and has continued to grow both in France and abroad, such as Tiffany’s, which has had the exclusive right to use it throughout the United States for many years.

1984

THE PORCELAIN FACTORY R. HAVILAND & C. PARLON BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE COLBERT COMMITTEE

The porcelain factory R. Haviland & C. Parlon joins the most prestigious houses of French luxury by becoming a member of the Colbert Committee.

1987

Créations de décors spéciaux, pour célébrer le bicentenaire de la constitution des Etats-Unis, offerts au président des Etats-Unis

La maison Robert Haviland & C. Parlon offre au président des Etats-Unis, Ronald Reagan, pour le bicentenaire de la constitution des Etats-Unis, d’extraordinaires assiettes du peintre Jules Giralt sur le thème de la vie et de la liberté.

1988

Réalisation d’une pièce exceptionnelle pour la première vente aux enchères Sotheby’s en République Populaire de Chine

Réalisation d’une magnifique coupe en porcelaine de 42cm de diamètre façonnée à la main selon les méthodes traditionnelles de Limoges avec un décor entièrement réalisé à la main pour la première vente aux enchères organisées par Sotheby’s en juin 1988, la première qui ait jamais eu lieu en République Populaire de Chine. Cette opération, lancée par le Comité International de la Sauvegarde de Venise et de la Grande Muraille de Chine, consistait en la mise en vente d’œuvres originales d’artistes peintres et de sculpteurs du monde entier ainsi que des créations des plus grandes marques françaises. Sur cette coupe figurait des feuilles stylisées en pourpre rehaussées d’or d’après un carton original de 1959. Cette pièce aura nécessité une centaine d’heures de travail.

1989

EQUIPMENT OF FRENCH EMBASSIES ABROAD IN HONOR OF THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

The house of Robert Haviland & C. Parlon equipped more than 20 French embassies abroad for the official receptions given by the President of the Republic to celebrate the bicentenary of the French Revolution. The services designed especially for the occasion were imagined by the artist Robert Constantin.

1990

ROBERT HAVILAND ALSO EQUIPS THE FINEST RESTAURANTS

After the royal families, institutions and museums, it is now the turn of the most beautiful restaurants to trust her. She equips Georges Blanc in Vonnas, Olivier Rollinger in Cancale, Georges Vié in Versailles or Le Lucas Carton in Paris.

2011

THE MANUFACTURE RECEIVES THE "LIVING HERITAGE COMPANY" LABEL

The Robert Haviland & C. Parlon receives this label awarded by the state in recognition of a know-how based on ancient techniques.

2012

CREATION OF THE SYRACUSE pattern

This emblematic pattern of the house bears a name that has made more than one poet dream. The artist Arielle de Brichambaut, in collaboration with R. Haviland & C. Parlon, has created a jewel of a setting that captures the turquoise of the Mediterranean in the gold of Greek and Roman civilizations.

2021

THE R. HAVILAND & C. PARLON IS NOW MANAGED BY TWO WOMEN

In 2020, the porcelain factory was taken over by a new young and dynamic team to perpetuate its spirit of excellence and high quality craftsmanship, which have made the company famous for over a century. The new team led by two sisters, Marie-Amélie and Marie-Caroline Guillot (respectively President and General Manager), is committed to preserving the DNA of the company based on extreme quality, exceptional manual know-how and great creativity of the decorations.

« My sister and I, originally from the Limoges region, are very happy and proud to take over this factory, to ensure the preservation of its values and the continuity of its excellence, to increase customer satisfaction and to accelerate its development in France and internationally. The porcelain factory Robert Haviland & C. Parlon porcelain factory has a unique heritage that my sister and I are committed to preserving by bringing our passion for creativity and a common desire to offer very high quality products from the greatest French craft tradition. »

Marie-Amélie and Marie-Caroline Guillot are in charge of customer relations and creation within the company.